§ Mr. McLoughlin
To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department how much absence through illness was recorded at the Legal Aid Board during the year 1998–99 in relation to grades 7 and above; and what the figures were for 1995–96. 
§ Mr. Hoon
The Board has this month begun to collect information on sick absence centrally. This information is not readily available in the form requested for any earlier period, and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.