§ Mr. Elletson
To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what proposals he has for improving control over the granting of criminal legal aid in magistrates courts.
Mr. John M. Taylor
A number of measures are in hand. In particular, the Lord Chancellor has today laid before Parliament regulations requiring justices clerks to keep records of all applications for criminal legal aid, showing the reasons for deciding whether individual applications should be granted or refused. These regulations will come into force on 1 May 1995.