§ Mr. Frank R. White
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what quantity of potatoes has been bought by the Potato Marketing Board per year over the past five years; and what quantity will be, or has been, bought this year.
§ Mr. Bishop
The following table shows the quantities of potatoes contracted for in the past five years under buying programmes operated by the Potato Marketing Board and the approximate quantities disposed of other than for human consumption. A buying programme is not operating for the 1975–76 crop year.
years in respect of defendant trial in summary and solemn procedure, respectively.
§ Mr. William Ross
The information requested, so far as it is available, is as follows:
LEGAL AID, SCOTLAND: CRIMINAL CASES Average Payment per Case to Advocates and Solicitors High Court of Judiciary Sheriff Court Solemn Summary Advocates Solicitors Solicitors Solicitors £ £ £ £ 1970–71 112 170 39 85 1971–72 142 177 50 103 1972–73 216 279 59 126 1973–74 137 177 63 168 1974–75 254 299 68 129
Information is not readily available on the average payment to advocates in those 725W sheriff court solemn and summary cases in which advocates appeared—which is a relatively rare occurrence particularly in summary cases. The total expenditure on advocates' fees in such cases was as follows:
TOTAL EXPENDITURE ON ADVOCATES' FEES IN SHERIFF COURT CASES Solemn Summary 1970–71 564 3,495 1971–72 103 5,984 1972–73 550 6,719 1973–74 654 10,798 1974–75 1,822 13,907
§ Mr. Gordon Wilson
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what was the average payment for each case made to advocates and solicitors, respectively, out of the legal aid funds in each of the last five years in respect of undefended divorces, defended divorces and actions for separation.
§ Mr. William Ross
The information requested, so far as divorce cases are concerned, is given in the following table:
Undefended Divorce Cases Defended Divorce Cases* Advocates Solicitors Advocates Solicitors £ £ £ £ 1970–71 12 66 22 105 1971–72 15 71 29 110 1972–73 16 86 20 107 1973–74 18 95 23 125 1974–75 20 108 32 170 * The figures provided relate to these cases which originated as defended cases and include cases where both parties are legally aided. A proportion of these categories become undefended during the progress of the case.
Corresponding figures for separation cases are not available. The average payments to solicitors for all cases in the sheriff court and the total payments to advocates appearing in sheriff court cases—which is a relatively rare occurrence—in the last three of the years for which details are requested were as follows (figures for earlier years are not available):
SHERIFF COURTS Average payment per case to solicitors (all cases) Total payments to advocates (all cases) £ £ 1972–73 58 1,412 1973–74 63 1,574 1974–75 69 992