Day 131 - 06 Jun 95 - Page 03
1 MR. RAMPTON: Yes, my Lord. Certainly, it is hoped that by
2 tonight -- we are going to speak to Jarretts tonight -- we
3 will have finalised the statement. The new plans should be
4 ready by now. There are two plans: there is a larger one
5 and what one might call a detailed one. With the best
6 endeavours, we should have it in your Lordship's hands
9 MR. JUSTICE BELL: I would like to consider that specific matter
10 again when we get to the end of Mr. Purslow's evidence.
12 MR. RAMPTON: Certainly.
14 MR. JUSTICE BELL: I do think she should know as soon
15 possible ---
17 MR. RAMPTON: I agree.
19 MR. JUSTICE BELL: -- what the position is.
21 MR. RAMPTON: I accept that. My Lord, Mr. Purslow is here.
23 MR. JUSTICE BELL: Can I just make another comment? Mr. Morris
24 and Ms. Steel, I would like you to give a bit of thought to
25 the outstanding interlocutory application. What you have
26 said about Mr. Purslow does not surprise me, Mr. Morris, in
27 that I thought we might have a day or two at the end of
28 this week; and, having looked at the scope of Mrs. Mead's
29 evidence, subject to the question of turnover -- which
30 I appreciate may take much longer than her statement does,
31 depending on what the documentation is in relation to
32 that -- I thought we might have some time in the second
33 half of next week as well. Then we embark on Mr. Stein,
34 who is obviously a substantial witness, or potentially so.
36 You have a number of interlocutory matters which have been
37 stored up. When I say that I do not want to deal with
38 something like a topic of discovery which has cropped up in
39 a witness's evidence at that stage, but want to deal with
40 it later, it might be said that the postponement of it has
41 to some extent been at my initiative. But it is,
42 nevertheless, in my view, then your responsibility to bring
43 it back at some stage. I do not know whether you will, on
44 reflection, pursue an application for discovery of all the
45 documents which you have raised queries on. So the ball
46 is in your court to bring them back.
48 The same applies to any application for leave to amend
49 because, until such time as you may get leave, any
50 allegation which is the subject of a proposed application
51 for leave to amend is not in the pleadings. It may be in
52 my mind, but it is not in the pleadings. I would like you
53 to give some thought to whether we can deal with any or all
54 of the applications which you or Ms. Steel have in mind,
55 either later this week or later next week.
57 Since Mr. Stein is coming from abroad, I think it is
58 important that we start his evidence two weeks today and
59 continue it through to a finish. I appreciate that it may
60 be -- I do not know -- that you would welcome an extra