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Legal Aid Scheme

Justice written question – answered on 18th July 2013.

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Photo of Jeremy Corbyn Jeremy Corbyn Labour, Islington North

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will list all meetings he and Ministers have held as part of the legal aid consultation; and on what dates these meetings took place.

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 nearly £1 billion of taxpayers' money spent on criminal legal aid a year, to ensure we are getting the best deal for the taxpayer.

For a list of meetings my ministerial colleagues, officials, and I have undertaken since October 2012 I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer I gave to Keith Vaz, PQ 158068, 1 July 2013, Hansard, columns 480-84W.

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