§ Mr. Greville Janner
asked the Attorney-General how many applications have been made to him in each of the last 10 years for his fiat; in respect of what proceedings such applications were made; and in how many and what percentage of such cases in each such category he granted and withheld his consent, respectively.
§ The Attorney-General
My fiat is necessary before proceedings under a large number of provisions can be brought. The information requested is readily available only in respect of some of them. It is as follows:
The Prevention of Corruption Acts, 1889 to 1916 Applications (1970–76) 955 Consent granted 808 (85 per cent.) Consent refused 147 (15 per cent.) The Official Secrets Acts, 1911 to 1939 Applications (1965–76) 93 Consent granted 34 (37 per cent.) Consent refused 59 (63 per cent.) Race Relations Act 1965 Applications (1965–76) 260 Consent granted 20 (8 per cent.) Consent refused 240 (92 per cent.)
The Explosive Substances Act 1883 Applications (1970–76) 325 Consent granted 293 (90 per cent.) Consent refused 32 (10 per cent.)