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Legal Aid Scheme

Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN HL3044, tabled on 27 October 2015

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the total cost to the public purse of their appeal against the High Court’s ruling in R v The Secretary of State for Justice [2014] EWHC 2365 (Admin).

Answered on

9 November 2015

As a matter of principle this Government believes that individuals should have a strong connection with the UK in order to benefit from the civil legal aid scheme. We believe that the residence test we have proposed is a fair and appropriate way to demonstrate that strong connection. We have therefore pursued an appeal against the High Court’s judgment in this case.

The total costs to the public purse of pursuing this appeal can only be obtained at disproportionate cost.