To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what assessment he has made of the level of successful appeals against convictions to the Court of Appeal Criminal Division between 2000 and 2004, with particular reference to the implications for the funding of the Criminal Defence Service; and if he will make a statement.
Between 2000 and 2004, in those applications where leave to appeal had been granted, on average 33 per cent. of appeals against conviction were successful. During the same period the overall annual spend from the Criminal Defence Service (CDS) Budget in the Court of Appeal Criminal Division varied between £5 million and £10 million. In the context of a current annual CDS Budget of approximately £1billion, it is not considered that total spend in the Court of Appeal is excessive, nor that it threatens delivery of other CDS priorities.