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Volume 163: debated on Monday 4 December 1989

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To ask the Attorney-General how many cases are awaiting trial in the east midlands; and what is the average length of waiting time in each category for which figures are available.

As at end October, there were 1,031 committals for trial awaiting disposal in the group of Crown court centres comprising Derby, Grimsby, Leicester, Lincoln and Nottingham.The average waiting times for the group for the period April to October 1989 are 8·4 weeks for those defendants in custody and 9·7 weeks for those on bail.