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Legal Aid

Volume 940: debated on Monday 28 November 1977

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asked the Attorney-General if he will now extend legal aid provisions to persons appearing before the Medical Appeal Tribunal and the National Insurance Commissioner.

No. I regret that improvements in the availability of legal aid cannot be made at present in view of the current restrictions on Government expenditure. It is my noble Friend's view that the extension of legal aid to tribunals including the Medical Appeal Tribunal and the National Insurance Commissioner, should be further considered when sufficient financial resources are available.

asked the Attorney-General how many applications for legal aid were received from persons residing outside the United Kingdom in the years 1974, 1975 and 1976; how many were successful; and what was the cost to public funds.

This information is not available. No distinction is made in the legal aid statistics between applications for legal aid from eligible persons resident in the United Kingdom and those resident outside it.