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Public Defenders: Pilot Schemes

Volume 463: debated on Thursday 19 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the assessment process is of the Public Defence Office pilots; and when a report on the pilots is expected to be made public. (150773)

The Public Defender Service pilot ended 31 March 2005. An independent evaluation of the pilot was published on 8 January 2007 and can be found on the Legal Services Commission’s website and in the Library of the House.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the total annual cost is of the Public Defence Office pilots; and what the average annual cost has been of a Public Defence lawyer. (150774)

During 2006-07, the Legal Services Commission (LSC) spent £5 million on the public defender service (PDS).

It is not possible to provide an average cost of a public defender lawyer as it would require a manual search of employees ‘actual’ salaries and would therefore incur disproportionate cost.