Legal Aid

Constitutional Affairs written question – answered on 14th June 2005.

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Photo of Jonathan Djanogly Jonathan Djanogly Shadow Minister (Business, Innovation and Skills), Shadow Minister (Justice), Shadow Solicitor General

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what percentage of solicitors firms have ceased performance of their (a) immigration legal aid and (b) family legal aid contracts before the expiry of the term of the contract in each of the last 10 years, broken down by region.

Photo of Bridget Prentice Bridget Prentice Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs

The information requested is not available. The figures in the table set out the number of solicitors' offices with civil contracts with the Legal Services Commission (LSC). The figures date from 2000 when the new contracting regime was implemented. The initial contract lasted from 2000 to 2004, when a new three year contract was introduced.

Family category—solicitors with controlled work contracts at start of year -- Contracts (percentage difference on previous year)
2000–01 2001–02 2002–03
Number Number Percentage Number Percentage
Birmingham 440 354 -20 317 -10
Brighton 331 267 -19 240 -10
Bristol 477 427 -10 420 -2
Cambridge 408 364 -11 351 -4
Cardiff 370 311 -16 292 -6
Leeds 369 332 -10 319 -4
Liverpool 120 95 -21 92 -3
London 576 414 -28 395 -5
Manchester 570 468 -18 457 -2
Newcastle 279 254 -9 250 -2
Nottingham 339 306 -10 286 -7
Reading 308 255 -17 230 -10
Grand total 4,587 3,847 -16 3,649 -5
2003–04 2004–05 2005–06
Number Percentage Number Percentage Number Percentage
Birmingham 295 -7 256 -13 249 -3
Brighton 207 -14 171 -17 159 -7
Bristol 404 -4 383 -5 363 -5
Cambridge 321 -9 295 -8 271 -8
Cardiff 276 -5 257 -7 257 -0
Leeds 304 -5 276 -9 276 -0
Liverpool 83 -10 78 -6 76 -3
London 354 -10 302 -15 303 -0
Manchester 432 -5 374 -13 373 -0
Newcastle 237 -5 224 -5 216 -4
Nottingham 272 -5 254 -7 246 -3
Reading 205 -11 181 -12 178 -2
Grand total 3,390 -7 3,051 -10 2,967 -3
Family category—solicitors with general civil contracts at start of year (can do licensed work) -- Contracts (percentage difference on previous year)
2000–01 2001–02 2002–03
Number Number Percentage Number Percentage
Birmingham 440 381 -13 328 -14
Brighton 331 282 -15 267 -5
Bristol 477 464 -3 437 -6
Cambridge 408 405 -1 371 -8
Cardiff 370 344 -7 317 -8
Leeds 369 359 -3 341 -5
Liverpool 120 107 -11 97 -9
London 576 505 -12 441 -13
Manchester 570 523 -8 484 -7
Newcastle 279 256 -8 250 -2
Nottingham 339 318 -6 302 -5
Reading 308 270 -12 240 -11
Grand total 4,587 4,214 -8 3,875 -8
2003–04 2004–05 2005–06
Number Percentage Number Percentage Number Percentage
Birmingham 309 -6 276 -11 277 0
Brighton 233 -13 197 -15 188 -5
Bristol 429 -2 406 -5 398 -2
Cambridge 343 -8 315 -8 312 -1
Cardiff 300 -5 281 -6 281 0
Leeds 333 -2 283 -15 298 5
Liverpool 95 -2 85 -11 81 -5
London 406 -8 355 -13 359 1
Manchester 458 -5 433 -5 400 -8
Newcastle 242 -3 224 -7 223 0
Nottingham 295 -2 269 -9 280 4
Reading 222 -8 203 -9 196 -3
Grand total 3,665 -5 3,327 -9 3,293 -1
Immigration category—solicitors with general civil contracts at start of year -- Contracts (percentage difference on previous year)
2000–01 2001–02 2002–03
Number Number Percentage Number Percentage
Birmingham 31 29 6 31 7
Brighton 11 11 0 10 9
Bristol 10 16 60 13 -19
Cambridge 15 22 47 18 -18
Cardiff 8 9 13) 9 0
Leeds 20 28 40 28 0
Liverpool 2 2 0 3 50
London 299 311 4 327 5
Manchester 17 28 65 26 -7
Newcastle 6 14 133 16 14
Nottingham 22 25 14 19 -24
Reading 15 18 20 14 -22
Grand total 456 513 13 514 0
2003–04 2004–05 2005–06
Number Percentage Number Percentage Number Percentage
Birmingham 36 16 32 -11 29 -9
Brighton 9 -10 8 -11 8 0
Bristol 15 15 13 -13 10 -23
Cambridge 14 -22 8 -43 7 -13
Cardiff 10 11 10 0 10 0
Leeds 29 4 23 -21 23 0
Liverpool 3 0 3 0 3 0
London 350 7 230 -34 215 -7
Manchester 30 15 30 0 24 -20
Newcastle 16 0 16 0 16 0
Nottingham 22 16 15 -32 14 -7
Reading 18 29 18 0 17 -6
Grand total 552 7 406 -26 376 -7

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