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Legal Aid Scheme

Justice written question – answered on 11th February 2009.

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Photo of Austin Mitchell Austin Mitchell Labour, Great Grimsby

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much was paid by his Department for (a) criminal legal aid work and (b) other legal aid work in each of the last five years.

Photo of Shahid Malik Shahid Malik Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Ministry of Justice

The Ministry of Justice funds legal aid through a grant to the Legal Services Commission (LSC). The following table shows the grant paid to the LSC in each of the financial years 2003-04 to 2007-08 for its provision of Criminal Defence Service (CDS) and the Community Legal Service (CLS). All criminal legal aid work is funded by the CDS grant, and all other legal aid work funded by the CLS grant.

£ million
CDS CLS
2003-04 1,179 905
2004-05 1,190 858
2005-06 1,205 796
2006-07 1,172 807
2007-08 1,178 844

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