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Immigration: Fast Track Removal

Volume 686: debated on Monday 30 October 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What efforts they are making to ensure that legal and professional advice, including the provision of adequate legal aid, will be of the same quality for asylum seekers detained under the fast-track process as for asylum seekers as a whole; and what research is being undertaken to evaluate this.[HL7806]

The Legal Services Commission ensures the provision of high quality legal services to people detained in the fast-track process through exclusive contracting arrangements. It is an additional requirement for such contracts that the provider has arrangements in place for work in fast-track cases to be undertaken by an accredited senior caseworker. The quality of advice delivered is monitored through the commission's auditing and peer review processes.