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Legal Services

Volume 447: debated on Tuesday 13 June 2006

27. To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what steps she is taking to reform the regulation of legal services. (76567)

The draft Legal Services Bill (Cm 6839) which was published on 24 May 2006, sets out the Government’s proposals for reform in the way legal services are regulated to deliver a better deal for consumers. These provide for the creation of a strong and independent oversight regulator, the Legal Services Board, a new independent Office for Legal Complaints and a provision for legal services to be provided in new ways to meet the needs of consumers. The draft Bill is currently subject to Pre-Legislative Scrutiny by a Joint Committee which is expected to report by 25 July. The Government will carefully consider the Joint Committee’s recommendations and will introduce a full Bill as soon as parliamentary time allows.