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Legal Aid: Prisoners

Justice written question – answered on 3rd February 2011.

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Photo of Steve Barclay Steve Barclay Conservative, North East Cambridgeshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of providing legal aid to prisoners in respect of judicial review proceedings in each of the last three years; and what the cost to the public purse was of defending against judicial review proceedings for prisoners (a) in receipt of legal aid and (b) not in receipt of legal aid.

Photo of Jonathan Djanogly Jonathan Djanogly The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

It is not possible to estimate the cost of providing legal aid to prisoners in judicial review proceedings, as the Legal Services Commission does not distinguish between prisoners and non-prisoners in granting legal aid for judicial reviews.

With regards to the costs incurred by the Ministry of Justice and its associated bodies in defending itself against judicial review proceedings, it is not possible to provide accurate and up to date figures in the time frame requested. I will write to the hon. Member when this is available and place a copy of the letter in the Libraries of the House.

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