Clause 122

Part of Legal Services Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 3:30 pm on 21st June 2007.

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Photo of Bridget Prentice Bridget Prentice Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Ministry of Justice 3:30 pm, 21st June 2007

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.