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Discrimination: Legal Aid

Volume 488: debated on Friday 27 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much legal aid has been granted to claimants in cases relating to alleged discrimination of each type in (a) goods and services and (b) employment in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. (258355)

The Legal Services Commission (LSC) does not hold data on claims in relation to alleged discrimination in the supply of goods and services as this is not a recognised category of legal aid work. Any relevant funding may have been granted under other categories of work such as “public law” or “consumer”.

In the “employment” category, where legal help is available and civil representation in certain cases, the LSC does not record which of those cases involve discrimination issues.