§ Mr. Arnold
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will give details of the proposal he is currently considering for research designed to assist courts in their approach to the problem of waiting in magistrates' courts, referred to in his answer to the hon. Member for Hazel Grove on 25 October, Official Report, c . 278.
§ Mr. Mayhew
An application for a research grant, which has now been approved, was made by the University of Manchester. The aim of the project is to assess current waiting time and delays in the adjudication of cases by selected magistrates' courts in Greater Manchester and, by the use of computer simulation techniques, to analyse alternative case management policies. The research is expected to start in January 1983 and to last for 21 months.