§ Ms Roseanna Cunningham
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many applications to the Scottish Legal Aid Board seeking damages as a result of the contracting of CJD have been made in each of the last five years; how many such applications(a) succeeded and (b) were refused; and what reasons were given for those which were refused. 
§ Mr. McLeish
The Scottish Legal Aid Board has received 2 applications for civil legal aid in connection with actions for damages arising out of the contracting of CJD. These were made in 1997. Both were refused as they did not satisfy the statutory merits tests of probable cause and reasonableness.