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Conditional Fees

Volume 300: debated on Monday 10 November 1997

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To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many representations he has received in support of the proposals set out in the recent statement about the extension of conditional fees; and if he will make a statement. [14085]

My Department has had in the region of thirty inquiries from individual members of the public. The overwhelming message is that the proposed extension of conditional fees will be a real answer to the real problem they face of being denied access to justice through unaffordable lawyers' fees.