Written Answers. - Free Legal Aid Service.

Billy Timmins

Question:

570 Mr. Timmins asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the additional staff recruited for free legal aid centres, by centre or appointment, since June 1997; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8254/01]

The Deputy will be aware that under the terms of the Civil Legal Aid Act, 1995, the Legal Aid Board has sole responsibility for the provision of legal services, including the allocation of staff to particular law centres. I am advised that the additional staff resources which I obtained for the board since 1997 were assigned by the board to law centres and the refugee legal service as set out in the following tabular statement.

During 2000, sanction was conveyed to the board for the recruitment of an additional 112 staff for the refugee legal service and, as suitable accommodation is now ready, recruitment to fill these posts is taking place.

Date ofAppointment

Law Centre

Solicitor

AdministrationStaff

November,1997

TullamoreNewbridge

11

11

GardinerStreet

1

1

June, 1998

Galway

1

1

Pope's Quay,Cork

1

2

South Mall,Cork

1

2

Sligo

1

1

Wicklow

1

1

Finglas

1

Mount Street

1

Clondalkin

November,1998

Refugee LegalService

7

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Billy Timmins

Question:

571 Mr. Timmins asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the expenditure on the free legal aid system for each of the past years 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8255/01]

Expenditure on civil legal aid for each of the years requested was as follows:

1997

£8,543,092

1998

£9,382,501

1999

£11,836,451

2000

£12,032,611