Oral Answers to Questions — Family Graduated Fees Scheme

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 3 April 2001.

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Photo of Sandra Gidley Sandra Gidley Liberal Democrat, Romsey 12:00, 3 April 2001

I welcome the changes and improvements to the original scheme, but family law barristers still have concerns about the current scheme. First, they are paid on a different basis from solicitors—who are still paid hourly—and wish to see an integrated scheme. Secondly, there is real concern that the longer, more complex cases will not be adequately rewarded and that those arguably most in need will not receive the representation that they deserve. I share the concern that those most in need will not receive representation. Will the Minister undertake to review the scheme in 18 months' time to see how it is working and to ensure that there has been no reduction in the services available to those most in need?