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Legal Aid

Volume 450: debated on Friday 20 October 2006

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many prisoners held at HMP Peterborough accessed legal aid in the 12 months to 30 September 2006; how much such aid has cost the public purse; and if she will make a statement. (95411)

The information is not available for the following reasons:

not all applicants give the prison’s postcode as their permanent address which would prevent identification in data extraction; and

it is also likely that many applicants will be represented by solicitors from outside the Peterborough area and identifying these cases would involve disproportionate costs.