HC Deb 10 March 1999 vol 327 c250W
Mr. Beith

To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department what percentage of the legal aid budget was spent on cases pursued by foreign nationals in courts in England and Wales in(a) 1989 and (b) in each of the last three years. [75222]

Mr. Hoon

The information requested is not available. The nationality of an applicant is not one of the qualifying factors for legal aid. Therefore, the data collected by the Legal Aid Board and the courts do not identify separately applications made for legal aid by foreign nationals.