Non-family Civil Legal Aid

Constitutional Affairs written question – answered on 21st March 2005.

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Photo of Professor Ross Cranston Professor Ross Cranston Labour, Dudley North

To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what percentage of the population was eligible for non-family civil legal aid in each of the last 20 years; and if he will make a statement.

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

We do not have precise figures for the last 20 years. Estimates of the proportion of individuals eligible for civil legal aid generally from 1986 to 2000 are set out on the following table.

Percentage individuals eligible
1986 63
1987 60
1988 58
1989 59
1990 56
1991 55
1992 56
1993 52
1994 54
1995 54
1996 52
1997 52
1998 52
1999 51
2000 50

More recent surveys estimate that the proportion of the population eligible for civil legal aid generally has remained at approximately 50 per cent. since 2000.

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