§ 5. Mr. Hornby
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the normal period of time between the hearing of a case by the Mental Health Review Tribunal and the giving of a decision by the Minister.
§ Mr. Hornby
Is my hon. Friend aware that in a recent case about which I have had correspondence with her a decision was reached by the Review Tribunal in November last year and six months elapsed before any decision could be given by the Ministry? Is she also aware of the anxiety which is bound to be caused to relatives and others concerned when delay of this kind occurs? Will my hon. Friend try to ensure that rather quicker decisions are made?
§ Mr. K. Robinson
Does the Minister normally accept the advice of the Mental Health Tribunal, as this House confidently expected he would when the Mental Health Bill was under discussion?