§ Mr. Atkinson
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many mental health review tribunals have been held since the Mental Health Act 1983 came into force, up to the latest available date; and how much they have cost.
§ Mr. Freeman
The information is not available in precisely the form requested. Between 1 January 1984 and 31 December 1989 17,192 cases were considered by mental health review tribunals. The total cost of the service in the financial year 1989–90, during which period 3,894 cases were considered, was approximately £2,335,000.