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02 May 1985
Volume 78
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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information he has as to the number of individual applications made against each of the states which have accepted the right of individual petition under article 25 of the European convention on human rights for 1982, 1983 and 1984.

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As the European Commission of Human Rights does not maintain a statistical record, broken down by country, showing the number of applications made against individual member states, no such information is available to me.

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what is the cost to Her Majesty's Government in the latest 12 months for which figures are available of dealing with individual applications against the United Kingdom lodged with the European Commission of Human Rights including those referred to the court.

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The information is not available and can be compiled only at disproportionate cost.

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many cases have been referred to Her Majesty's Government for observations by the European Commission of Human Rights; and what is the subject matter of these cases.

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Since 1966 a total of 823 cases have been communicated to us by the European Commission of Human Rights.In every case where the Commission has requested observations, these have been supplied. In some cases the Commission does not make a request and in others additional observations are submitted either at the request of the Commission or where the Government consider it appropriate.Figures for the numbers of observations submitted over the period are not available.

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many cases arising from individual applications against the United Kingdom are currently known to be under consideration by the European Commission of Human Rights; and if he will briefly list the subject matter of each such case.

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A member state is not officially notified when an individual application is made against it to the European Commission of Human Rights. Such information becomes available only when the Commission communicates the case to the Government. At the end of 1984 a total of 132 cases against the United Kingdom were before the Commission. The subject matter of these was:

Number

Prisoners' complaints on conditions18
Prisoners access to correspondence4
Prisoners' letters censorship27
Nationalisation compensation2
Deportation orders6
Refused entry to United Kingdom11
Lease hold reform2
Mental health detainees6
Wardship cases5
Corporal punishment8
Freedom of expression2
Unlawful detention3
Immigrants rule25
Video piracy1
Trade union disputes3
Sex change3
Injury compensation1
Criminal injury in Northern Ireland1
Contempt of court1
Compulsory purchase order1
Aircraft noise1
Legal aid1
Total132