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MMR Vaccine

Volume 448: debated on Thursday 29 June 2006

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how much legal aid has been spent on (a) solicitors’, (b) barristers’ and (c) experts’ fees in respect of the MMR vaccine litigation cases in which all proceedings are complete; which firms of solicitors, barristers and experts have received payments for these cases; and how much has been paid to each firm. (73868)

The Legal Services Commission (LSC) is still awaiting confirmation of the outcome of the final detailed assessment by the court. Once this has been completed, and the LSC has settled the claims, I will write to the hon. Member.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs which barrister was paid (a) £463,782, (b) £445,601 and (c) £424,659 in legal aid fees in the MMR vaccine litigation, as referred to in the answers to House of Lords questions HL 3418 and HL 3419; what hourly rate was paid to each barrister; and whether these payments represent risk rates paid because the service providers would be unlikely to profit from a case which was not successful. (74076)

Final assessment for the advocates involved with this litigation have yet to be made by the courts. I will therefore write to the hon. Member with the information requested, when the final payments have been settled.