Air Canada v SS for Trade (No 2) [1983]

Group
of airlines attempted to show government had unlawfully compelled British
Airports Authority to make large increase in their charges.
Sought
disclosure of ministerial papers about policy decisions, and also correspondence
between snr civil servants.
House
of Lords declined to authorise inspection of papers.
Held
court should not inspect documents unless they were satisfied that they are
likely to give substantial support to applicant’s case.
Party
cannot merely go ‘fishing’.