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 Mr David Lock Mr David Lock Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department 12:00, 3 April 2001

I agree in principle that counsel and solicitors should be paid the same rate for the same type of work. However, solicitor-advocates may not always play the same role as banisters in family work, and that needs to be considered. We want to achieve a level playing field. We are confident that the rates we have set are more than adequate and appropriate for the job. We are confident that there is a proper supply of well-qualified barristers to do the work that the hon. Lady has identified, and we will, of course, keep the matter under review.