HC Deb 03 December 1984 vol 69 c14
47. Mr. Ottaway

asked the Attorney-General if the Lord Chancellor has any plans to increase resources in the commercial court, Royal Courts of Justice.

The Solicitor-General

The level of business in the commercial court has increased significantly in recent years, and is being kept under review, but there are no immediate plans for an increase in resources.

Mr. Ottaway

Does my hon. and learned Friend agree that in view of the delays—in some cases up to two years — there is a case for increasing the number of judges and courts to deal with commercial cases, especially as he has said that this is an expanding area of the law which is tantamount to an invisible export?

The Solicitor-General

My hon. Friend is right in his reference to the invisible export capacity of the commercial court. Delays have increased because the number of cases tried in the commercial list has greatly increased in recent years. In some ways, it is a victim of its own success. It is for the Lord Chief Justice to determine how many judges at any one time should be engaged on commercial work, but the Lord Chancellor is concerned to examine whether time savings can be made by any changes in the procedural rules.