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Vioxx: Compensation

Volume 488: debated on Monday 23 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with the Legal Services Commission since June 2008 on the award of legal aid for actions involving damage to health caused to individuals by the drug Vioxx; and if he will make a statement. (257581)

We have had no such discussions. It would be inappropriate for either Ministers or Government officials to intervene in or comment on decisions made about the grant of funding by the independent Legal Services Commission in individual cases. It is important that these decisions are, and are seen to be, free from political and Government influence.