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Libel: Legal Aid

Volume 490: debated on Monday 23 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will make available legal aid for libel cases in which members of the medical profession are stating medical opinion. (264506)

There are no plans to make legal aid available for libel cases. We believe it is not in the public interest to allocate the limited resources available for legal aid to these types of cases, particularly as libel cases can be funded by Conditional Fee Agreements.