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Legal Aid Scheme

Volume 486: debated on Wednesday 21 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the merits of reducing the interest rate applied to statutory charges for legal-aided clients. (248682)

The Department is currently considering the merits of altering the interest rate applied to the statutory charge.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many times the interest on Legal Services Commission charges has been reviewed and changed to reflect the economic climate in the last five years. (248341)

The statutory charge interest rate has been reviewed once in the last five years. The rate was changed in 2005.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have had a Legal Services Commission legal aid charge postponed and attached to their property after a family proceeding in the last three years. (248342)

At 31 March 2008, there were 8,253 open statutory charges that had been postponed and attached to a property after a family proceeding between 2005-06 and 2007-08. Each statutory charge relates to a case rather than a person.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether the Government plan to reduce the interest rate applied to legal aid charges to the Legal Services Commission to reflect Bank of England interest rate reductions. (248345)

The Department is currently considering the merits of altering the interest rate applied to the statutory charge.