§ Virginia Bottomley
To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the budget of the Mental Health Review Tribunal is; and what plans he has to increase research for the Mental Health Review Tribunal; 
(2) when he last met the Chairman of the Mental Health Review Tribunal; and if he will make a statement. 925W
§ Jacqui Smith
Expenditure on the mental health review tribunal in 2000–01 is likely to be just under £12 million, the cost of running the administrative function is just under £2 million. Figures for actual expenditure will not be available until after the end of the financial year.
The Department currently has no plans to commission new research for the mental health review tribunal but does, as part of its normal activity, collect and analyse data to support both the judicial and administrative functions of the tribunal.
My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has not had occasion to meet any of the four regional chairmen for the tribunal in England.