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Legal Aid

Volume 404: debated on Tuesday 15 April 2003

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To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department in what geographical areas, and for what areas of law, the legal aid budget for 2002–03 is exhausted; how these budgets compare in real terms with those of the previous three years; and if she will make a statement.[108841]

The legal aid budget in 2002–03 and previous years has not been exhausted in any geographical area or area of law. Sufficient funds to meet demand have been provided to ensure that individuals who pass the means and merits tests for civil matters and the interests of justice test for criminal matters have access to appropriate legal services.