I shall do my best to be brief, like my hon. Friend. I understand where he is coming from. I am equally of the view that neither the Bill, the OLC nor the LSB must become too lawyer focused. The amendment would be unduly restrictive. The OLC must be able to appoint the most qualified and able people as ombudsmen. Assistant ombudsmen will not be acting as a group and therefore according to the views or influence of the majority. Throughout the Bill, there are sufficient safeguards to ensure that the scheme is not, and does not appear to be, biased in favour of the legal profession.
The Minister has made it clear, pretty much explicitly and certainly implicitly, that capable people are outwith the legal profession as well as within it, and she nods in concurrence. The point has been made. It is an important principle that such things are seen to be objective. I am sure that the various bodies will take that on board. Therefore, I beg to ask leave to withdraw the amendment.