There was some discussion of this in the parliamentary debate on the Council of Europe on 18 March. In reply, the Foreign Office minister said that the Government had not come to a decision. While the UK has had more cases (49), and more findings of violations (30), than any other country, size of population should also be taken into account. Of the 324 cases decided between 1959 and 1993, Austria had 40 with 30 findings of violations. The records of Sweden, Switzerland, Belgium and the Netherlands are all proportionately worse than ours.
It is also important to take account of when a state accepted the right of individual petition, which the UK died in 1966. France, which in recent years has had more cases in court than any other state, did not accept until 1981.
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