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Legal Aid

Northern Ireland written question – answered on 29th April 2004.

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Photo of Mr Roy Beggs Mr Roy Beggs UUP, East Antrim

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the total cost of legal aid was in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.

Photo of David Lammy David Lammy Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Constitutional Affairs)

I have been asked to reply.

The following table sets out the total cost of legal aid in Northern Ireland from 1998–99 to 2002–03:

£ million
Criminal Civil Sub total Administration Total
1998–99 15.93 14.16 30.09 2.58 32.67
1999–2000 23.25 11.40 34.65 2.69 37.34
2000–01 21.88 15.82 37.70 2.87 40.57
2001–02 24.57 16.96 41.53 3.26 44.79
2002–03 26.77 18.21 44.98 3.58 48.56

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