The waiting times for appointments with solicitors at each of the 30 law centres operated by the Legal Aid Board as at 31 August 1999 are set out in the table which I will have circulated in the Official Report. In three law centres the waiting time for an appointment was one month or less, in eight law centres it was between one and three months, in four law centres it was between three and six months, in ten law centres it was between six and 12 months, in three law centres it was between 12 and 18 months and in two law centres the waiting time was greater than 18 months.
In consultation with the Legal Aid Board I continually monitor the position with regard to waiting times at the law centres. I am aware that waiting times in some law centres are continuing to increase notwithstanding the allocation of significant additional resources. However, where waiting times, for whatever reasons, become excessive the position is examined by the board with a view to taking remedial action.