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Legal Aid

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 24 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many legal aid representation orders have been granted by magistrates courts in each month since the re-introduction of means testing for legal aid in 2006. (181014)

The following table shows the information requested. The numbers of orders reported as being granted each month are subject to minor adjustments as cases are processed and progress through the system.

Representation orders granted

October 2006

34,254

November 2006

44,281

December 2006

34,815

January 2007

47,842

February 2007

43,790

March 2007

46,849

April 2007

43,153

May 2007

47,501

June 2007

47,063

July 2007

47,974

August 2007

47,272

September 2007

43,198

October 2007

48,573

November 2007

45,686

December 2007

33,968

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost of legal aid in the UK was in each of the last 10 years. (179600)

The cost of legal aid in England and Wales and in Northern Ireland for each of the last 10 financial years is shown in the following table. Responsibility for legal aid in Scotland is devolved and is therefore a matter for the Scottish Parliament.

£ million net

1997-98

1998-99

1999-2000

2000-01

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

England and Wales

1,529.6

1,628.1

1,550.1

1,663.7

1,717.0

1,908.5

2,076.7

2,038.0

2,027.8

1,980.3

Northern Ireland

28.9

30.1

34.7

37.7

41.5

45.0

49.9

58.9

57.5

69.0

Total

1,558

1,658

1,585

1,701

1,759

1,954

2,127

2,097

2,085

2,049