Legal Aid

Constitutional Affairs written question – answered on 16th October 2006.

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Photo of Anne Milton Anne Milton Conservative, Guildford

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what assessment she has made of the likely impact of a reduction in legal aid fees on the numbers of available legal aid family lawyers.

Photo of Vera Baird Vera Baird Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs

The proposals in the DCA/Legal Services Commission consultation paper, 'Legal Aid: a sustainable future', have been devised to be cost neutral. A draft regulatory impact assessment is available from the DCA website, www.dca.gov.uk. This includes an analysis of the impact of the proposals on legal aid providers. Consultation closed on 12 October and we will issue our response on the way forward in due course. The final proposals will include a full impact analysis which will look at the effect on providers of any changes to the market.

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