Legal Aid: Birmingham Pub Bombings

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 4:44 pm on 27th March 2018.

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Photo of Caroline Spelman Caroline Spelman The Second Church Estates Commissioner 4:44 pm, 27th March 2018

The hon. Lady is making a very good point. There is an absurdity to any argument that justice should be means-tested, in the sense that property prices are so significantly different around the country that there is an in-built disadvantage for some parts of the country. I do not know whether the Minister knows what the average property price is in the west midlands, but the average home in the west midlands is sub-£200,000. Most people living in London could only dream of a house at that kind of level—they do not exist anywhere in London—so straight away there is an absurdity to the argument that a person’s principal home should be considered as part of a means test for achieving justice. It just is not right.