House of Lords
Lord Newton of Braintree (Conservative)
To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the totals of any additional costs expected to be incurred as a result of their legislative proposals on legal aid by (1) HM Courts and Tribunal Service, (2) government departments, (3) the National Health Service, (4) local authority care services, and (5) the voluntary and charitable sector.
Lord McNally (Minister of State, Justice; Liberal Democrat)
The impact assessments published alongside the response to consultation represent Government's best estimates as to costs and benefits on the basis of the available evidence. However, these did not specify individual impacts on particular bodies. Extensive discussions were held with other government departments as part of the policy development and clearance processes, and these included systemic costs. Ultimately, costs arising will depend on behavioural responses to the changes, and these cannot be predicted accurately. The Government are committed to assessing the impact of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill and will undertake a post-implementation review of the reforms in due course.