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Volume 405: debated on Tuesday 20 May 2003

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To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what plans he has to review probate procedures. [114240]

A wide-ranging review of probate services and procedures took place in 2001 as part of the Modernising the Civil Courts programme (now the Courts and Tribunals Modernisation Programme). This was supported by PA Consulting Group, an independent management systems and technology consulting firm, who reported their findings and recommendations to the Court Service in August 2001. Consultation took place between 25 November 2002 and 28 February 2003, and we are now analysing the responses. There are no plans for any further reviews.