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Legal Aid

Volume 175: debated on Wednesday 4 July 1990

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To ask the Attorney-General if interest accruing when the statutory charge is postponed by virtue of regulation 97 of the Civil Legal Aid (General) Regulations 1989 is chargeable before the Legal Aid Board has paid the assisted person's legal advisers; if the board has the discretion to waive or postpone such interest until the time for payment to the legal advisers; and if he will make a statement.

The position set out in regulation 97 of the Civil Legal Aid (General) Regulations 1989 is that interest is payable from the date the charge is registered. The Legal Aid Board does not have a discretion to waive or postpone the interest due from that date.