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Part of Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill – in the House of Lords at 8:30 pm on 12th March 2012.

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Photo of Lord Bach Lord Bach Shadow Spokesperson (Justice) 8:30 pm, 12th March 2012

I am much obliged to the Minister. He supported, then:

"A properly funded system whereby access to legal advice and representation before the courts is not denied to those otherwise unable to bear the costs", did he? He supported, to repeat:

"The continued provision of legal aid, for those who cannot afford to pay for legal services, in serious cases where a failure to provide legal services may lead to injustice".

I admire him very much for being able to support those provisions and then argue today what I would argue is the precise opposite. If there is an example of a serious case in which legal aid is available now-for advice in many cases, and sometimes for representation-but will not be available if this Bill goes through in this form, that is it.