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Legal Aid

Volume 894: debated on Monday 23 June 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish in the Official Report figures showing the cost of the free legal aid scheme; and if he will show how the expenditure has been apportioned.

Expenditure on legal aid in criminal proceedings in 1973–74 amounted to £6,209,283 in respect of proceedings in magistrates' courts and £10,225,111 in respect of proceedings in the higher courts. Questions relating to legal aid in civil proceedings are a matter for my noble and learned Friend the Lord Chancellor.