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Legal Aid Scheme: Wales

Justice written question – answered on 18th July 2013.

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Photo of Simon Hart Simon Hart Conservative, Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what impact assessment he has made of the financial effects of price competitive tendering on legal service provision in Wales.

Photo of Jeremy Wright Jeremy Wright The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

Between 9 April and 4 June 2013 the Government consulted on a number of proposals to reform legal aid via the ‘Transforming Legal Aid: delivering a more credible and efficient system’ consultation. This included a proposed model of competitive tendering for criminal legal aid services. We have been clear we must continue to bear down on the cost of legal aid, including the £1 billion of taxpayers' money spent on criminal legal aid a year, to ensure we are getting the best deal for the taxpayer.

The impact assessments published alongside the consultation paper detail the potential impacts of the proposals. However, these do not consider any specific geographic areas, and there is no intention to conduct such an assessment. The full impact assessment of the price competitive tendering model can be viewed on the Ministry of Justice's website at the following address:

https://consult.justice.gov.uk/digital-communications/transforming-legal-aid

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