The cost of criminal legal aid in the years 1993, 1994 and 1995 was £5.989 million, £7.044 million and £7.987 million, respectively.
Statistical information in the precise form sought by the Deputy regarding the number of cases in 1993, 1994 and 1995 in which legal aid was granted is not readily available. The criminal legal aid payment system is geared towards the payment of solicitors and barristers on foot of claims and there may be a number of claims arising in an individual case. The information requested in relation to cases could only be compiled by the allocation of a disproportionate amount of staff time. However, the following information is available.