Day 244 - 03 May 96 - Page 02

     1                                           Friday, 3rd May 1996.
     3   MR. MORRIS:  I am not quite ready yet.
     5   MR. JUSTICE BELL:  While you are getting ready, I meant to
     6        mention yesterday, and forgot, that it might help me when
     7        Mr. Preston is recalled if he can give me what, at the
     8        present date, are the total number of McDonald's
     9        restaurants in the United States.
    11   MR. RAMPTON:  In the United States, my Lord?
    13   MR. JUSTICE BELL:  Firstly, stating how many are the First
    14        Plaintiffs own and how many are franchisee owner/operators,
    15        call them what you will,, not the number of owner/operators
    16        but the number of restaurants which are run by
    17        owner/operators and then the total number now in the United
    18        Kingdom, stating how many the Second Plaintiffs own and how
    19        many are run by franchisees.  Then the number of countries,
    20        including the United States of America and the United
    21        Kingdom as one country, where there are McDonald's
    22        restaurants.
    24        Obviously he will not know that of his own knowledge, but
    25        if he declares it in the witness box, I do not suppose it
    26        will be challenged.
    28   MR. RAMPTON:  I hope he knows.  If not, we will try to find out
    29        before Tuesday.
    31   MR. JUSTICE BELL:  It may or may not turn out to be relevant to
    32        any issue, but it is information I would like to have if it
    33        can be obtained.
    35   MR. RAMPTON:  Would your Lordship also like to the know the
    36        number of restaurants worldwide?
    38   MR. JUSTICE BELL:  If that is possible, yes.
    40   MR. RAMPTON:  I am sure it was available in Oakwood.   Whether
    41        Mr. Preston has it at his finger tips, I do not know.
    43   MR. JUSTICE BELL:  I have not divided that up into First or
    44        Second Plaintiff's own and franchisees because I have
    45        assumed that few, if any, of the restaurants in countries,
    46        apart from the United States of America and the United
    47        Kingdom, are run by the First Plaintiff or the Second
    48        Plaintiff themselves, although some of the subsidiaries who
    49        run them, the First Plaintiff may have a shareholding or
    50        some kind of part ownership arrangement. 
    52   MR. RAMPTON:  My Lord, there is, I am afraid, one thing before 
    53        Mr. North is recalled.  I spotted last night when I take to
    54        be, as I did with yesterday's witness, some small passages
    55        in the first of Mr. North's supplementary statement, the
    56        one about the Preston E.Coli outbreak which, for the same
    57        reasons, I have to submit are objectionable.
    59        It is not something I want to have to do but I must do it
    60        in my client's interest.  It is for exactly the same reason

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