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Legal Aid: Asylum

Volume 501: debated on Wednesday 25 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his most recent estimate is of the average cost of legal aid in respect of an asylum case. (301473)

Legal aid in asylum matters covers a variety of work including initial advice and legal representation at a tribunal and in judicial review.

The following table shows the average cost of an asylum case where the bill was paid during the year 2008-09.

Average cost (£)

Initial advice only

610

Advice and representation at a tribunal

1,670

The average cost of legal aid for judicial reviews in immigration and asylum matters during 2008-09 was £2,480. (The cost for asylum judicial reviews cannot be disaggregated from the figures for both immigration and asylum.)