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Army Criminal Legal Aid Authority

Volume 479: debated on Monday 1 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will bring forward proposals to change the way the Army Criminal Legal Aid Authority operates following the proceedings on the death of Mr. Baha Musa in Iraq in British custody and the legal aid provided to the defendants. (220888)

No specific issues arose out of the proceedings on the death of Mr. Baha Mousa in Iraq in British custody that indicated the need to change the way in which the Army Criminal Legal Aid Authority (now the Armed Forces Criminal Legal Aid Authority) operates.

Separately, a number of changes have been made to the administration of armed forces legal aid to reflect the interim changes to the civilian criminal legal aid scheme resulting from the Lord Carter's Review of Legal Aid Procurement. Further changes emerging from the review will be considered for adoption in due course. This will allow the Armed Forces Criminal Legal Aid system to continue to reflect the legal aid system operated by the Legal Services Commission.