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To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what allocation has been made for the funding of legal aid in criminal cases in each of the next five years.
There is no specific allocation of funding for criminal legal aid for the next five years. Funding for the Criminal Defence Service forms part of the total funding available for all legal aid (excluding asylum, which is part of the single asylum fund). The resource budget for legal aid is set for three years at each Spending Review and these stand at £1,825 million, £1,872 million and, £1,920 million for years 2005–06 to 2007–08 respectively.