asked the Attorney-General what was the average waiting time between the end of commital proceedings and the start of trial on indictment for cases tried in England and Wales at the latest date for which information is available.
In 1979, 17·4 weeks, but I am arranging for a table showing a more detailed breakdown of this figure and comparable figures for recent years to be circulated in the Official Report. For those in custody it is 11·1 weeks.Following are the figures:
|WAITING TIMES IN RECENT YEARS (IN WEEKS) ENGLAND AND WALES|
|All defendants||Defendants on bail||Defendants in custody|