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Legal Aid Scheme

Volume 476: debated on Monday 19 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many solicitors in each bid zone began providing legal services to clients who required legal aid for (a) civil law and (b) criminal law in each of the last five years; (194386)

(2) how many solicitors providing legal services to clients who required legal aid for (a) civil law and (b) criminal law there were in each bid zone in each of the last five years;

(3) how many solicitors in each bid zone ceased providing legal services to clients who required legal aid for (a) civil law and (b) criminal law in each of the last five years.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many solicitors’ offices provided legal aid to clients in Wales who required legal aid for (a) civil and (b) criminal cases in each of the last three years, broken down by local authority. (197909)

I apologise to the hon. Member for Eastleigh (Chris Huhne) and the hon. Member for Brecon and Radnorshire (Mr. Williams) for the time that it has taken to respond to their questions. I have now placed the information requested in the House of Commons Library.