§ Mr. Tony Lloyd
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the current backlog is of cases being dealt with by the Criminal Cases Review Commission; and what the expected timescale is for considering the application in respect of Mr. Nasir Abbas Choudhary made on 5 April. 
§ Mr. Charles Clarke
I understand that, at the end of April, the Criminal Cases Review Commission had 462 cases under review, and 921 awaiting review. The Commission screens all eligible new applications, in order to identify and review those cases where this will apparently require a total of five working days or fewer. Subject to any special factors that would justify giving them priority, cases that require a more extensive review then await allocation to a caseworker, on the basis of date order of receipt. The Commission hopes to screen Mr. Choudhary's application as soon as possible.