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Legal Services Commission: First Assist Insurance

Volume 465: debated on Wednesday 24 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what services are being delivered under the contract between the Legal Services Commission and First Assist. (160070)

The Legal Services Commission has a contract with First Assist for the delivery of the defence solicitor call centre (DSCC), which processes requests to see a duty solicitor at police stations. From 14 January 2008 it will process all requests for legal advice at police stations.

Under the contract, First Assist have agreed to work with the LSC to run the Criminal Defence Service Direct pilot which provides legal advice by telephone in straight forward cases at police stations until 31 October 2007.

Under its DSCC contract, First Assist is also delivering community legal service direct telephone services for the Legal Services Commission, through which it provides advice about debt, education, benefits and tax credits, employment and housing problems.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the end date is of the contract between the Legal Services Commission and First Assist. (160071)

The current contract between the Legal Services Commission and First Assist for the defence solicitor call centre ends on 31 March 2009.