§ The SOLICITOR-GENERAL for SCOTLAND (Lord McCluskey) rose to move, That the Legal Advice and Assistance (Scotland) (Financial Conditions) (No. 2) Regulations 1976, laid before the House on 18th October. be approved. The noble Lord said: My Lords, my noble and learned friend the Lord Chancellor has already explained the substance of these regulations. They are designed to have in Scotland precisely the same effect as my noble and learned friend has explained will be achieved South of the Border by the regulations which he has moved. There is no separate point, and I will not waste your Lordships' time by being repetitive. However let me express my mild surprise at the expression used by the noble Baroness in the previous discussion, when she talked about "legal aid for criminals". In Scotland—and I cannot doubt that it is the same South of the Border—legal aid is granted in criminal cases to those accused of crime. My Lords, I beg to move.
§ Moved, That the Legal Advice and Assistance (Scotland) (Financial Conditions) (No. 2) Regulations 1976, laid before the House on 18th October, be approved.—(Lord McCluskey.)
§ On Question, Motion agreed to.