Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders bill
[Jim Sheridan in the Chair]
Written evidence to be reported to the House
LA 38 Refugee Children’s Consortium (additional)
LA 39 Robert Morfee, Partner, Clarke Willmott LLP
LA 40 Caroline Sergeant, Solicitor
LA 41 Resolution
LA 42 Cris McCurley, Partner, Ben Hoare Bell LLP
LA 43 Mencap
LA 44 Equality and Diversity Forum
LA 45 Joanna Miles
LA 46 Legal Services Commission
Jim Sheridan (Paisley and Renfrewshire North, Labour)
Before we start this morning’s proceedings, I want to say that we are considering an extremely serious Bill, not only for the taxpayer, but individuals. I am well aware that there are extremely talented brains in Committee, but I do not imagine that there will be a need to demonstrate that further. Brevity will be appreciated.
Andy Slaughter (Shadow Minister (Justice); Hammersmith, Labour)
On a point of order, Mr Sheridan. It is a pleasure to see you in the Chair. I have checked my declaration of interest, and it still states that I am a barrister, which I am—albeit non-practising. I declare that as an interest—I hope for the one and only time, although I realise that, in so doing, I might set off a fusillade of similar declarations.
Robert Buckland (South Swindon, Conservative)
Yes, Mr Sheridan. I should declare that I am a practising barrister, who has been in receipt of criminal legal aid payments for work done before the election. I am also a recorder at the Crown court. That is my declaration for the purposes of all our sittings until the end of our consideration of the Bill.
Jonathan Djanogly (The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice; Huntingdon, Conservative)
Good morning, Mr Sheridan. I declare an interest as a non-practising solicitor who has never been in receipt of legal aid.
Anna Soubry (Broxtowe, Conservative)
I was a member of the Criminal Bar Association until my election to this place, so I have been in receipt of payments through the legal aid system. However, I have never held a judicial appointment.
Karl Turner (Kingston upon Hull East, Labour)
Before the general election, I was a pupil in my chambers in Hull, where I had practised as a criminal solicitor, mainly publicly funded, for some time. Since the general election, I have received fees that have been privately paid only.
Jeremy Wright (The Lord Commissioner of Her Majesty's Treasury; Kenilworth and Southam, Conservative)
I am also a non-practising barrister. That may not matter, as I am unlikely to say anything in Committee apart from moving the Adjournment motion.
Kate Green (Stretford and Urmston, Labour)
My hon. Friend the Member for Makerfield reminds me that I also ran the Child Poverty Action Group for a number of years and, before that, the National Council for One Parent Families, both of which received legal aid funding.