To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the cost to the public purse was of legal aid in 2017.
Expenditure on legal aid is reported in the MoJ Annual Report & Accounts. The latest MoJ Annual Report & Accounts, which reports on the financial year 2016-17, is published at the following link. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/ministry-of-justice-annual-report-and-accounts-2016-to-2017. The MoJ Annual Report & Accounts for 2017-18 will be published in the coming months.