To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the report by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services entitled Policing and Mental Health: Picking Up the Pieces, published on 26 November 2018, what assessment he has made of the accuracy of Merseyside Police's estimate that 25 per cent of its officers' time is spent on mental health issues.
Over the last several years police forces have estimated that mental health cases may represent between 20 and 40 percent of total demand. In some such cases, including for example those involving criminality or public safety, police involvement may well be necessary.
However, the Government has been clear that the police should not be expected to care on an ongoing basis for those who have committed no offence but who require professional healthcare. The Government is working closely with the police and health services to better understand the precise scale and nature of mental health demands, and how these may best be addressed.