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Legal Aid: Finance

Volume 503: debated on Thursday 7 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many responses he received to the consultation paper 18/09 on legal aid funding reforms; (308962)

(2) if he will publish the responses to the consultation paper 18/09 on legal aid funding reforms; and when he plans to announce his decisions on policy changes to be made in the light of the consultation responses.

I refer the hon. Member to my written ministerial statement of 16 December 2009, Official Report, column 141WS, in which my noble Friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice (Lord Bach) announced the publication of a partial response to the consultation on Legal Aid Funding Reforms.

A total of 435 responses were received. There are no plans to publish the responses to the consultation. A copy of the consultation response and accompanying impact assessment has been placed in the House Library. A response to the proposals in relation to experts fees will be published in the new year. The documents are also available on the consultation section of the Ministry of Justice website at:

www.justice.gsi.gov.uk