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Legal Aid

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 29 April 2008

20. To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what progress he has made on reform of legal aid. (202064)

Our reform programme, set out in “Legal Aid Reform: the Way Ahead” (Cm 6993) in November 2006, designed to deliver a sustainable system of legal aid, is on track. The Legal Services Commission (LSC) has successfully delivered the first phase of reform, and has introduced new fixed and graduated fees covering most areas of civil, family and criminal legal aid. Together with the Legal Services Commission, we are considering arrangements for the second phase of reform. The next phase of reform for civil legal aid is set out in the civil route map published on 10 April 2008. The Legal Services Commission is also considering responses to its consultation on best value tendering.