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Legal Aid

Volume 451: debated on Monday 30 October 2006

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs pursuant to the answer of 20 October 2006, Official Report, column 1450W, on legal aid, how many prisoners at HMP Peterborough giving their permanent address as at the prison are in receipt of legal aid; what the cost of such funding is to the public purse; and if she will make a statement. (97744)

51 prisoners giving their permanent address as HMP Peterborough received civil legal aid in the 12 months to 30 September 2006.

The cost of legal aid for the 35 prisoners advised by solicitors was £29,187.80. The cost of legal aid for the 16 prisoners who were advised by a not-for-profit agency cannot be given as the work was contained within a larger contract with these agencies and not accounted for separately.