I propose to take Questions Nos. 156 and 157 together.
The Deputy will be aware that, under the provisions of the Courts Service Act 1998, management of the courts is the responsibility of the Courts Service and I have no role in the matter. Section 4(3) of the 1998 Act provides that the Courts Service is independent in the performance of its functions, which includes the provision of statistics.
However, in order to be of assistance to the Deputy, I have had enquiries made and the Courts Service has informed me that the information sought by the Deputy cannot be provided as statistics in respect of drugs offences are not recorded in such a way as to tell the category of drugs e.g. cannabis. In light of this, it is not possible to provide the information sought regarding legal aid for cannabis related offences.