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Part of Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill – in the House of Lords at 3:45 pm on 20th March 2012.

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Photo of Lord Martin of Springburn Lord Martin of Springburn Crossbench 3:45 pm, 20th March 2012

I declare an interest as a member of Unite. The noble Baroness, Lady Deech, was good enough to say that she had mentioned the problems of referral fees in a previous debate. That debate took place on my amendment. My case was that trade union officers go to places where there has been an accident. Therefore, there is a certain expenditure when those visits are made. There is obvious expenditure and there should be some compensation. The noble Baroness was good enough to mention referral fees and I was deeply impressed by what she said. Therefore, I will not move Amendment 146.