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Written Answers — Justice: Family Conciliation Services (24 Feb 2010)

Bridget Prentice: I have not received any representations regarding the effects on children of compulsory mediation in child contact cases. Family mediation in England and Wales is voluntary and I have not made any estimate of savings from the implementation of compulsory mediation. On 20 January 2010, the Green Paper, Support For All: The Families and Relationships Green Paper, was published. Family...

Written Answers — Justice: Family Conciliation Services (24 Feb 2010)

Bridget Prentice: Her Majesty's Courts Service does not record any information centrally on the whether a court granted contact against the wishes of the child. Information on the wishes of the child could be obtained by inspection of individual case files only at disproportionate cost. HMCS does record the total number of contact orders made. Table 1 shows the number of public and private law section 8...

Rental Accommodation (Thermal Insulation Standards): New Clause 2 — Independent review (23 Feb 2010)

Bridget Prentice: One of the reasons why I am hesitant about the Opposition's new clause 2 is that part of it is superfluous. The pilots will have been completed long before the review takes place, so that evidence will already be in the public domain. I do not know whether that helps the hon. Gentleman.

Rental Accommodation (Thermal Insulation Standards): New Clause 2 — Independent review (23 Feb 2010)

Bridget Prentice: I am with the hon. Gentleman-I accept new clause 2.

Rental Accommodation (Thermal Insulation Standards): New Clause 2 — Independent review (23 Feb 2010)

Bridget Prentice: On one level, I have no objection to it in principle. There is much to be said for some of the things in it. However, I do not think that it is appropriate at this stage. I shall come to that point in a moment, but I want to finish talking about the review first. The review will not start until at least 18 months after the commencement of this legislation, to give the first set of changes...

Rental Accommodation (Thermal Insulation Standards): New Clause 2 — Independent review (23 Feb 2010)

Bridget Prentice: I am not prepared to accept it tonight because I think that our amendments satisfy the concerns that people have raised. I said to the hon. Member for North-West Norfolk that after this debate I would look further, if necessary, at whether other tweaks might be necessary in another place. At the moment I am not absolutely convinced that they are, but I am happy to consider the matter further...

Rental Accommodation (Thermal Insulation Standards): New Clause 2 — Independent review (23 Feb 2010)

Bridget Prentice: The hon. Gentleman makes a fair point, which is why I hesitate as I reply to him. I want to consider further whether the proposal should be in the Bill. I do not object to it in principle, but I want to think about whether it needs to be on the face of the Bill, or whether it would be more appropriate to leave it to take effect through other procedures. I appreciate what the hon. Gentleman is...

Rental Accommodation (Thermal Insulation Standards): New Clause 2 — Independent review (23 Feb 2010)

Bridget Prentice: I hope that, as I go into the detail of our amendment, that differentiation will become clear. However, let me say to the hon. Gentleman, as I have said before, that I am happy to look at some of these issues further to see if changes need to be made in the other place. I hope that he will forgive me if, for the moment, I stick to arguing my case as I have it before me. Those amendments seek...

Rental Accommodation (Thermal Insulation Standards): New Clause 2 — Independent review (23 Feb 2010)

Bridget Prentice: To some extent, I would say that they will be an integral part of that review. I shall go on to explain in more detail about how I think that that review might work, and I would expect it to take those pilots into consideration. It would consider the whole procedure of openness and transparency in the family courts, and the pilots would be included. We will review the pilots before then...

Rental Accommodation (Thermal Insulation Standards): New Clause 2 — Independent review (23 Feb 2010)

Bridget Prentice: I rise relatively early in this fairly short debate, partly to respond to the amendments tabled by the Opposition but partly to agree with both Opposition spokesmen that it is a matter of regret to us all that these matters were not debated in Committee. I sat through every Committee sitting, including the public evidence sessions, and I assure Members that it is pretty frustrating to sit...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Legal Services Commission: Billing (10 Feb 2010)

Bridget Prentice: I have been asked to reply. The Legal Services Commission (LSC) is not a formal signatory of the Prompt Payment Code-a Government initiative introduced by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) to tackle the issue of late payments to businesses. However, the LSC has already taken its own steps to regulate and accelerate payments to legal aid providers. Standard monthly...

Written Answers — Justice: Debt Collection (10 Feb 2010)

Bridget Prentice: The Security Industry Authority intend to publish the results of this consultation in June 2010.

Written Answers — Justice: Debt Collection (10 Feb 2010)

Bridget Prentice: Six written responses to the consultation document have been received and four face to face interviews have been conducted by the Security Industry Authority with individuals or organisations outside of the enforcement industry.

Written Answers — Justice: Debt Collection (10 Feb 2010)

Bridget Prentice: Following a press release the Security Industry Authority published the consultation document in a prominent position of their website and notified, by email or letter, 251 stakeholders, of which 20 were outside of the Enforcement industry, of its existence. In addition the Ministry of Justice also notified 38 of its stakeholders that had previously expressed an interest in regulation of the...

Written Answers — Justice: Legal Services Commission (10 Feb 2010)

Bridget Prentice: The review panel arrangements were put in place in 2000 but since October 2006, the LSC has moved away from the old regional panel structure for the majority of funding/costs appeals which are now dealt with by single independent funding/costs adjudicators. There are therefore no chair or vice-chair representing these adjudicators. The appointment of individual adjudicators is made in...

Written Answers — Justice: Pleural Plaques: Compensation (10 Feb 2010)

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 and hope to be in a position to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Legal Aid (9 Feb 2010)

Bridget Prentice: Meetings are regularly held with the Legal Services Commission, at which a wide range of issues are discussed. One of the key current items on the agenda is the Public Accounts Committee report, which we welcome.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Legal Aid (9 Feb 2010)

Bridget Prentice: If I may just correct the hon. Gentleman, it will not be me who will be meeting the LSC; it will be my noble Friend Lord Bach. Having spoken to Lord Bach, I can assure the hon. Gentleman that he will be discussing the issue of overpayment. Since the NAO report came out, 10 per cent. has already been recovered. We are taking a very robust view on the way in which the whole thing has been dealt...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Topical Questions (9 Feb 2010)

Bridget Prentice: I fully sympathise with my hon. Friend and his constituent. If he wants to give me the details of that case, I will happily take it up not only within the Ministry of Justice but with colleagues in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, because I understand that small firms in particular that have become bankrupt or insolvent need immediate help. We have been doing a great deal...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Topical Questions (9 Feb 2010)

Bridget Prentice: I have not had any conversations with local authorities on this matter, but I shall be raising it with the Law Society and with other bodies that have a professional interest in it.


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