British Coal Compensation

House of Lords written question – answered on 13th March 2007.

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Photo of Lord Lofthouse of Pontefract Lord Lofthouse of Pontefract Labour

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they have made an assessment of the reasons why neither the Solicitors Regulation Authority nor its predecessors have conducted an audit to establish the number of solicitors operating in the British Coal litigation with financial ties to claims farmers or trade unions; and whether such an audit is now necessary for consumer protection.

Photo of Lord Truscott Lord Truscott Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Energy), Department of Trade and Industry, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Trade and Industry) (Energy)

No such assessment has been made. Going forward, consumer protection in this area has been enhanced by the Compensation Act 2006.

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