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Marvin Swartz

Volume 461: debated on Friday 15 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent communications her Department has had with Dr. Marvin Swartz of the Duke University Medical Center, North Carolina; and what fees and expenses her Department has (a) paid and (b) undertaken to pay to Dr. Swartz. (141651)

[holding answer 11 June 2007]: Dr. Marvin Swartz and a number of British psychiatrists were invited to speak to MPs about the Mental Health Bill on 5 June 2007. The purpose of the event was to give MPs access to useful evidence on the benefits of community treatment orders (CTOs), resulting from discussions at Committee Stage of the Bill about what evidence there was that CTOs work. I chaired the meeting.

Dr. Swartz was invited to the meeting as an internationally recognised expert on the use of CTOs in mental health, who has pioneered research into their use. Dr. Swartz also expressed an interest in attending the meeting as he felt that his research, which shows the benefits of CTOs, had been misrepresented in the debate over the Mental Health Bill.

Dr. Swartz was not paid a fee for his contribution to the meeting, but was reimbursed for his rail fare from Manchester, where he was speaking at an academic conference, to London, his overnight hotel accommodation on 4 June, his taxi and rail fare from Central London to Heathrow on 5 June and, because the meeting entailed a change in his planned itinerary in Europe, some of the cost of his air fares.