§ Nick Harvey
To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the average annual percentage salary rise awarded to those employed in dealing with or administering criminal legal aid was between 1 January 1996 and 30 November 2003; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Lammy
The Commission is unable to answer the question in the format requested as neither the Legal Services Commission nor the former Legal Aid Board make a distinction between staff administering civil and criminal work.
The Commission is able to provide figures on the average annual percentage salary rise—awarded with effect from 1 April—for each year since 1997, but cannot provide a figure for 1996. The figures are as follows:
Percentage 1997 4 1998 3.5 1999 4 2000 14 20.5 2001 14.3 20.9 2002 14.3 21.1 2003 13.6 21.1 1 Consolidated 2 Non-consolidated
All annual salary increases are subject to a pay remit, which must be approved by the Department for Constitutional Affairs. Prior to 2003 remits also required approval of HM Treasury.
Name Nation Media Dates Gareth Furby UK BBC London News 9–18 January John Walsh UK BBC London News 9–18 January Herr Rainer Hirst Germany ZDF TV Germany 12–20 January Herr Lukas Rosenberg Germany ZDF TV Germany 12–20 January Herr Lars Schwietjke Germany ZDF TV Germany 12–20 January Herr Christian Schubert Germany Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung 15–20 January M. Olivier Lucazeau France AFP 15–20 January Nevsal Elevi Turkey Milliyet 15–20 January Ms Heidi Kingstone Canada Johannesburg Star 15–20 January Herr Frank Herman Germany Rheinische Poste 19–23 January Herr Markus Ziener Germany Handelsblatt 19–23 January Herr Christoph Mahlzahm Germany Spiegel 19–23 January Herr Christoph von Marschall Germany Tages Spiegel 19–23 January Dr. Greg Mills South Africa South African Institute of International Affairs 19–25 January Andrew Redvers Collinson UK HTV Wales 19–25 January Richard Hooper UK HTV Wales 19–25 January Iolo Ap Dafydd UK BBC Wales 19–25 January Rhys Williams UK BBC Wales 19–25 January Oliver Wright UK Times 24–29 January Jack Hill UK Times 24–29 January Mme Florence Saugues France Paris Match 7–12 February M. Bernard Wis France Paris Match 7–12 February Mile Sophie Shihab France Le Monde 7–12 February M. Frederic Gerschel France Le Parisienne 7–12 February Note: Those for which we have provided international air transport
§ Mr. Leslie
A precise cost for the inquiry, which will include four members from the Department of Constitutional Affairs seconded to the inquiry team, is not yet available. We will publish the figure once it is available.
Hours spent by other staff in support of the inquiry or in general will have been part of their normal duties and at no cost to the inquiry. Records of hours spent on the inquiry are not maintained centrally.