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Legal Aid: East of England

Volume 498: debated on Wednesday 28 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many applications for legal aid from residents of (a) Mid Bedfordshire constituency and (b) the East of England there have been in each of the last five years. (295414)

Applications for civil legal aid advice are made to individual providers, and the LSC records the number of instances of advice provided, rather than the number of applications made. Applications for civil legal aid representation are made to the Legal Services Commission. Not all applications are granted. The applications received for representation for the last five years in the requested areas is as follows:

Financial year

Mid Bedfordshire constituency

East of England

England

2004-05

173

15,732

180,591

2005-06

187

15,498

182,187

2006-07

151

14,935

177,309

2007-08

114

13,365

161,206

2008-09

130

13,670

171,492