R v MAFF, ex parte First City Trading [1997]

Post-BSE
scheme provided aid to slaughtering sector in respect of its unsaleable stocks
of beef.
Applicants,
beef exporters who were not eligible, sought JR of legality of scheme, arguing
it infringed fundamental EC principle of equal treatment.
Court
held fact proportionality was integral part of principle of equality curtailed
any broad discretion on part of decision-maker.
Measure
in dispute must be finely attuned to objective advanced for it.