The criminal legal aid scheme is administered by my Department. The civil legal aid scheme is administered by the Department of Equality and Law Reform.
The information sought by the Deputy in relation to the fees paid to solicitors under the criminal legal aid scheme in each county is not readily available and could only be compiled by the allocation of scarce staff resources which would not be warranted. Information is readily available, however, regarding the gross amounts of fees paid to individual solicitors under the criminal legal aid scheme for the calendar years ended 31 December 1994 and 31 December 1995 and is set out in the Dáil Debates of 25 April 1995, columns 1863 to 1874, and 27 February 1996, columns 404 to 416, respectively. The amounts shown exclude any deductions made in respect of withholding tax and any payments made in respect of value added tax and expenses.