§ Mr. Morgan
To ask the Attorney-General what discussions he has held with the chairman of the Legal Aid Board concerning emergency arrangements for payments of travelling expenses in excess of 40 miles for solicitors' visits to their clients held in custody in police cells in the catchment area of Cardiff gaol since 17 June.
§ The Attorney-General
None. The Legal Aid in Criminal and Care Proceedings (Costs) Regulations 1989 require a solicitor to be paid reasonable remuneration for work reasonably done. Each case and visit must be considered on its own merits. However, it is always open to a solicitor to seek prior authority to incur costs for performing an act that involves unusually large expenditure.