HC Deb 05 August 1971 vol 822 cc468-9W
Mr. Meacher

asked the Attorney General how many persons, during the last year for which information is available, received means-tested assistance in regard to the costs of, respectively, civil legal aid, criminal legal aid, legal aid in respect of civil claims not involving proceedings, and legal advice; and what proportion was each of these totals estimated to be of those eligible.

The Attorney-General

In the year ended March, 1970, 143,582 persons were granted legal aid in civil proceedings; 924 persons were granted legal aid for civil claims and 82,936 were given legal advice. In the calendar year 1970, 172,171 persons were granted legal aid in criminal proceedings.

About 26.0 million people are financially eligible for civil and criminal legal aid and about 18 million for legal advice and legal aid for claims.

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