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Legal Aid Scheme: Contracts

Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN 9104, tabled on 7 September 2015

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what contingency plans his Department has made for the possibility of all criminal defence firms withdrawing their bids for new legal aid contracts.

Answered on

14 September 2015

Our policy is to implement the new own client and duty contracts on 11 January 2016. This is the best way to ensure a sustainable market for criminal legal aid and deliver value for money for the taxpayer. Sufficient bids have been received for the criminal duty contracts tender to go ahead.