§ Mr. Donaldson
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what legal costs were incurred in respect of the processing of applications from prisoners for early release under the provisions of the Northern Ireland (Sentences) Act 1998. 
§ Mr. Ingram
The total paid up to and including 23 April 1999 by way of legal aid direction by the Commissioners is £36,034.
With regard to other legal costs incurred by the Secretary of State, the information in the form requested is not readily available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.