HC Deb 31 October 1966 vol 735 c19W
Mr. Buchanan

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many persons have been aided during the last six months by Scotland's Legal Aid Scheme; and what was the total cost.

Mr. Ross

Payments out of the Legal Aid Fund under the Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 1949 during the six months ended 30th September were as follows:

Civil Legal Aid
Under section 1 299,689
Under section 5 40,972
Criminal Legal Aid 189,110
Total £529,771

In the same period contributions by assisted persons under the civil Legal Aid Scheme amounted to £54,087 and expenses recovered from opponents of legally assisted persons to £60,402.

Figures relating to the number of applications for legal aid granted in this period are not yet available. The following are the figures for the year 1st April, 1965–31st March, 1966:

Civil Legal Aid
Certificates under section 1 7,327
Certificates under section 5 5,747
Criminal Legal Aid
Persons represented on first appearance by duty solicitors 23,522
Applications granted in courts of first instance 7,381
Applications granted in connection with appeals 303