Results 181–200 of 4150 for speaker:Bridget Prentice

Written Answers — Justice: Cemeteries: Islam (16 Dec 2009)

Bridget Prentice: Provision of burial space in general is a matter for decision by local authorities and other local providers. This Department has no role in that process, but our Guide for Burial Ground Managers encourages consideration to be given, wherever possible, to setting aside areas within cemeteries for use by particular faith communities. Responses to the burial ground survey did not permit any...

Written Answers — Justice: Legal Services Commission: Public Relations (16 Dec 2009)

Bridget Prentice: The Legal Services Commission in Wales (as a non devolved body) has a contract with Positif Politics Ltd to track Welsh Assembly Government business. The purpose of the contract with Postif Politics is to ensure that the Legal Services Commission is kept up to date with developments in the National Assembly and Welsh Assembly Government (WAG) that might have an impact on the provision of...

Written Ministerial Statements — Justice: Civil Law Reform Bill (15 Dec 2009)

Bridget Prentice: In accordance with the Government's legislative programme for 2009-2010, the Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor has today laid before Parliament the draft Civil Law Reform Bill for pre-legislative scrutiny (Civil Law Reform-A Draft Bill Cm 7773). The draft Bill contains provisions to: reform the law of damages to provide a fairer and more modern system, particularly in...

Written Answers — Justice: Courts: Physiotherapists (15 Dec 2009)

Bridget Prentice: There are no specific provisions in rules of court permitting physiotherapists to appear as expert witnesses in cases involving low-value personal injury claims in road traffic accidents. In these claims the court may allow the reasonable costs of obtaining a medical report and attendance of an expert medical witness where the expert evidence was reasonably required.

Written Answers — Justice: Pleural Plaques (15 Dec 2009)

Bridget Prentice: The House of Lords decision has raised extremely complex and difficult issues which have required very careful consideration within Government. It has also been important to look beyond the issue of pleural plaques itself to consider how people who have been exposed to asbestos can be supported much more widely. We are actively considering all these issues in order to be in a position to...

Written Answers — Northern Ireland: Northern Ireland Legal Services Commission: Public Relations (14 Dec 2009)

Bridget Prentice: I have been asked to reply. The Northern Ireland Legal Services Commission has not made any payments to Grayling Political Strategy in the last three years.

Written Answers — Justice: Crown Courts (14 Dec 2009)

Bridget Prentice: With the exception of some advocates on very high cost (crime) cases, the Legal Services Commission (LSC) does not directly contract with advocates for the provision of advocacy services in the Crown court. The LSC is currently consulting on changes to the way that it procures advocacy services for high cost criminal cases. Currently there are sufficient advocates of appropriate quality to...

Written Answers — Justice: Legal Aid: Hazel Grove (14 Dec 2009)

Bridget Prentice: Applications for civil legal aid help and advice are made to individual providers. Existing data collection arrangements record the number of instances of advice provided, rather than the number of applications made. Applications for civil legal aid representation are submitted to the Legal Services Commission (LSC). The LSC collects data on the number of civil legal aid representation...

Written Answers — Northern Ireland: Northern Ireland Courts Service: Public Relations (10 Dec 2009)

Bridget Prentice: I have been asked to reply. The Northern Ireland Court Service has not had a contract with Stratagem since March 2009. Between December 2008 and March 2009 the Court Service made payments totalling £1,479.50 to Stratagem for the provision of political monitoring.

Written Answers — Northern Ireland: Northern Ireland Legal Services Commission: Public Relations (10 Dec 2009)

Bridget Prentice: I have been asked to reply. During the last 12 months the Northern Ireland Legal Services Commission has made payments to Weber Shandwick-Belfast totalling £52 582.84 for communication services for the period May 2008 to August 2009. A statement of the remit, scope and terms of reference for the contract has been placed in the Library.

Written Answers — Justice: Legal Aid (10 Dec 2009)

Bridget Prentice: There are currently five community legal advice centres located in: Gateshead Leicester Derby Portsmouth Hull The Legal Services Commission (LSC) and the relevant local authorities plan to establish the following centres during the course of 2010, subject to successful tenders: Manchester Barking and Dagenham Wakefield The LSC and the relevant local authorities also plan to establish the...

Written Answers — Justice: Solicitors Regulation Authority: Public Relations (10 Dec 2009)

Bridget Prentice: The Solicitors Regulation Authority is the independent regulatory arm of the Law Society of England and Wales. It receives no public funding, and is paid for by the solicitors' profession, including through practising fees. I have asked the SRA if this information is available, and they have agreed to respond in writing directly to the hon. Member.

Written Answers — Justice: Legal Aid (9 Dec 2009)

Bridget Prentice: Funding received from other Government Departments for legal aid since 2005-06, when the legal aid impact test was introduced, is shown in the following table. All the funding received was allocated to the legal aid fund. Transfers from other Government Department £000 2005-06 Department for Education and Skills-Adoption and Children Act 2002 1,868 2006-07...

Written Answers — Justice: Legal Aid (9 Dec 2009)

Bridget Prentice: The legal aid and judicial impact test (LAJIT) was introduced in 2005 to formalise the arrangements under which Departments responsible for policy change had an obligation to meet the downstream costs falling to other agencies. The purpose of the LAJIT is to ensure that policy makers are aware of the potential impact that their proposals could have on legal aid and the courts so that...

Written Answers — Justice: Legal Profession: Females (9 Dec 2009)

Bridget Prentice: The legal professions have attracted significant criticism over the years for not representing the diverse society in which we live. However, this criticism has put diversity at the top of the agenda for the professions and their response has been encouraging. In 1998 women accounted for 53.6 per cent. of traineeships registered with the Law Society. This increased steadily to 63.4 per cent....

Written Answers — Justice: Legal Services Commission: North West (9 Dec 2009)

Bridget Prentice: The information in Table 1 shows active legal aid providers in the north-west procurement area for financial years 2006-07, 2007/08 and 2008-09 and whether they delivered immigration and/or asylum work. Table 2 shows immigration and asylum cases started. Table 1 Provider name 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 Asylum Non Asylum Asylum Non Asylum Asylum Non Asylum A S Law...

Written Answers — Justice: Access to Justice Act 1999 (8 Dec 2009)

Bridget Prentice: The Access to Justice Act 1999 covers a very wide range of areas, including civil and criminal legal aid, conditional fee and litigation funding agreements, legal services regulation, judges, and the courts, and therefore this information could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Written Answers — Justice: Debts: Advisory Services (8 Dec 2009)

Bridget Prentice: The consultation paper Debt Management schemes-delivering effective and balanced solutions for debtors and creditors was published on 18 September. The consultation does not close until 18 December. Responses received will be subjected to both a numerical and a qualitative analysis and Ministers will consider the evidence early 2010. A Response Paper setting out the Government's position in...

Written Answers — Justice: Legal Aid: Asylum (8 Dec 2009)

Bridget Prentice: The Legal Services Commission (LSC) only records the number of claims from providers of asylum work rather than the number of publicly funded asylum seekers at any given point. In the period from April 2008 to March 2009, the LSC funded 46,628 asylum matter starts.

Written Answers — Justice: Legal Aid: Asylum (8 Dec 2009)

Bridget Prentice: There is not a separate budget for legal aid in respect of asylum seekers. Asylum seekers may seek legal aid in categories of law other than asylum and like all those seeking legal aid, must satisfy the means and merits tests where it is required in respect of civil categories of law and the means test and interests of justice test where it is required for criminal law.


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