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Legal Aid

Volume 689: debated on Tuesday 20 February 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What was the estimated cost in the last financial year of legal aid for representation in alternative dispute resolution, ombudsman and adjudication schemes; and whether they have any intention of reviewing this funding. [HL1931]

In terms of cases that closed during 2005-06, £14.9 million was spent on family alternative dispute resolution cases and £0.8 million on civil alternative dispute resolution cases. It is not possible to identify how much was spent on alternative dispute resolution in cases that proceeded further.

From July 2005, most applicants for legal aid have been expected to pursue any available complaints system before they are funded to take proceedings. There are no plans to review funding in alternative dispute resolution.