To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made, and on what evidential basis, of the effect of the removal from scope of (a) resettlement work and (b) work connected with security categorisation arising from his Transforming Legal Aid proposals; and if he will make a statement.
Respondents to the consultation raised a number of issues that will be addressed in the Government response, due to be published shortly.
The impact assessments (IA) published alongside the consultation paper contain the Government's initial assessment of the impact of the proposals, including the data on which the assessments were made. Specific assessments of the impact on resettlement work and security categorisation decisions were not specifically distinguished in the IA that covered the proposals for prison law. Impact assessments will be published alongside the forthcoming response, setting out the Government's final assessment of the impact of the proposals to be implemented.