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The information requested is not held centrally and could be obtained only by means of a manual sift of some 10,000 files, incurring disproportionate cost.
The Mental Health Review Tribunal considers whether people should continue to be detained under the Mental Health Act 1983. The Annual Report of the MHRT records that, in 2005-06 it received almost 22,000 applications and referrals of which 57 per cent. progressed to a substantive hearing. Of those applications 11 per cent. resulted in an order for discharge from the relevant provision of the Act.
A new database is being built for the Tribunal and is estimated to be live from summer 2008.