Legal Aid

Constitutional Affairs written question – answered on 16th January 2007.

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Photo of Christopher Fraser Christopher Fraser Conservative, South West Norfolk

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the cost of (a) family and (b) criminal legal aid was in each of the last 10 years.

Photo of Vera Baird Vera Baird Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs

The information requested is given in the following table, in terms of cash expenditure.

£ million net
Total family legal aid Total criminal legal aid
1996-97 392 669
1997-98 389 733
1998-99 423 788
1999-2000 420 784
2000-01 443 872
2001-02 399 982
2002-03 450 1,096
2003-04 493 1,179
2004-05 488 1,192
2005-06 536 1,197

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