HC Deb 18 December 2001 vol 377 c257W
Mr. Bercow

To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what the size is of the eligibility package for legal aid for(a) 2001–02 and (b) 2002–03; and when it will take effect. [22551]

Ms Rosie Winterton

Changes to the financial conditions for public funding were implemented on 3 December 2001 and will apply to new cases from that date. The cost of this package is £2.5 million this year (2001–02) and £10 million for 2002–03. We estimate that an additional 5 million people will become eligible to obtain publicly funded advice and assistance.