British Oxygen Company v Board of Trade [1971]

BOT
exercised discretion it was given under statute in deciding not to give grants
towards expenditure of less than £25.
BOC
had just spent large sum on gas cylinders at unit cost of £20.
Sought
declaration that BOT’s practice unlawful.
House
of Lords disagreed.
Lord
Reid:
While
anyone possessing discretion could not shut his ears to an application, and
while there might be cases where it should listen to arguments that its rules
should be changed, an authority was entitled to have a policy.