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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 11:33 am on 26th April 2007.

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Photo of Richard Benyon Richard Benyon Conservative, Newbury 11:33 am, 26th April 2007

On a point of clarification, the point that Mr. Heath made about the Upton Nervet rail crash concerned my constituent, David Main, who received an assurance from the Legal Services Commission that he should receive public funds to cover his time at the inquest. That was opposed by the Department for Constitutional Affairs. We need a debate into the increasingly bizarre decisions being taken by that cash-strapped Department. It has taken the matter to judicial review and lost, and is now appealing, which is costing it much more than it would cost to give Mr. Main the money. Meanwhile, the inquest is being held up for all the victims of the rail crash. Will the Leader of the House make that point in his communication to the Lord Chancellor?