Raising the issue at question time, Michael Stephen, Tory MP for Shoreham, said the Legal Aid Board should be aware that Silcott had received £17,000 in compensation from the Home Office over the Blakelock case. He asked: "How can it be that people can give their money away to friends and relations, as Silcott has done, and then claim to be too poor to pay lawyers' fees? Surely that makes a mockery of the legal aid system?"
He asked the Lord Chancellor's Department minister, John Taylor, to confirm the reports that legal aid had been granted.
Mr Taylor told him: "Although I cannot comment on any individual case, I have no reason to believe Silcott's application was dealt with any differently to anybody else's."Reuse content