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Legal Aid Scheme: Negligence

Volume 506: debated on Thursday 4 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much was spent on legal aid for medical negligence cases in each of the last 10 years. (320008)

Amount spent net of receipts on civil representation together with the value of claims submitted under legal help, under the clinical negligence category of law, in each of the last 10 years is shown in the following table.

£ million

Civil representation

Legal help

Expenditure

Value of claims submitted

1999-2000

31.0

2000-01

34.0

0.7

2001-02

33.7

0.8

2002-03

30.4

1.0

2003-04

36.9

1.0

2004-05

25.8

1.0

2005-06

28.5

0.9

2006-07

25.2

0.8

2007-08

27.3

0.7

2008-09

27.0

0.9

Civil representation includes work carried out under a legal aid certificate in matters that may or do proceed to court. Net expenditure is net of funding that is recovered, including from ‘settled cases’ where the other side (i.e. the non-legally aided client) agrees to pay costs.

Legal help includes initial legal advice. The figures are only available from January 2000, when contracting was introduced. The value quoted in the table is the value of claims that providers have submitted.