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Legal Services Commission — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:00 pm on 29th January 2013.

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Photo of Lord McNally Lord McNally Deputy Leader of the House of Lords, The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice, Liberal Democrat Leader in the House of Lords 3:00 pm, 29th January 2013

The CAB at the Royal Courts of Justice is able to apply for legal aid contracts in the normal way for the part of its work that is directly legal aid work. As regards broader CAB work, the Government have carried out a number of initiatives to provide funding while voluntary organisations make the transition to a much more difficult economic climate. I very much appreciate the record and work of the Royal Courts of Justice CAB in providing legal advice to individuals. However, I can only say to the House-as I have done frequently as we have gone through this exercise-that we are concentrating our resources on the sharp-end providers and will continue to do so.