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Police Stations: Legal Representation

Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN 9103, tabled on 7 September 2015

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the cost per hour to the Public Defender Service of providing a legal representative in a police station; and what hourly rate is paid for such work under the Legal Aid system.

Answered on

14 September 2015

As a directly salaried service, the PDS does not bill for work in the same way as private practice, therefore it is not possible to provide a comparable estimate of cost per hour.