Legal Aid: Contracts

Justice written question – answered on 30th April 2008.

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Photo of David Kidney David Kidney PPS (Rt Hon Rosie Winterton, Minister of State), Department for Transport

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the number of criminal law practitioners who will apply for a new criminal legal aid contract in 2008.

Photo of Maria Eagle Maria Eagle The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

The Legal Services Commission is currently inviting applications for a new criminal legal aid contract due to take effect in July 2008. Applications are being returned at a steady rate but the final number will not be known until after the application period closes on 2 May 2008.

The previous tender exercise for the January 2008 General Criminal Contract resulted in 2,295 applications from firms that already had a contract and a further 90 applications from new providers, ensuring full coverage for publicly-funded defence services in police stations and courts across England and Wales.

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