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Judicial Delays

Volume 958: debated on Monday 20 November 1978

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asked the Attorney-General if he will indicate for the most recent period for which figures are available the maximum and minimum delay experienced in the hearing of applications for judicial review after leave has been granted by the Queen's Bench Division to apply for such review in accordance with order 53 of the Rules of the Supreme Court (S.I., 1977, No. 1955); and how these days compare with those expe-

'000s£ '000s'000s£ '000s'000s£ '000s'000s£ '000s'000s£ '000s
Total landings23·11,16031·11,48648·62,31087·35,262186·914,673
of which—
for human consumption10·954815·169920·41,15938·82,959119·810,123
Human consumption as percentage of landings47·248·642·044·464·1

asked the Minister of Agriculture. Fisheries and Food what is the figure representing the quantity of mackerel that his Department's scientific fishery officers believe can be caught in any one season without prejudicing future stocks of mackerel; when this figure was last revised; what was the previous estimate; and what is the quantity of mackerel that he expects will be caught during the current mackerel season based on his department's catch quotas and regulations.

In these matters the Government are guided by the recommendations of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea—ICES—in whose work scientists of the United Kingdom Fisheries Departments play a leading part. In May 1978 ICES recommended that the total allowable catch—FAC—from the Western mackerel fishery should be 450,000 tonnes in 1978—compared with an earlier recommendation rienced under the former order 53 (R.S.C. 1965).

I regret that the information is not available, since all motions for hearing before the Divisional Court are included in the same list.