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Restrictions On Legal Aid

EDM number 1805 in 2002-03, proposed by Neil Gerrard on 22/10/2003.

That this House urges the Government not to implement the proposals in the Department of Constitutional Affairs consultation paper which seek to put rigid limits on the number of hours of legally aided work which can be carried out on asylum and immigration cases; believes that good quality legal representation is in the best interests not only of the applicant, but also in ensuring that cases are dealt with efficiently and that unnecessary appeals and delays are thereby avoided; believes that it is irrational to suggest that however complex a case may be, a limit of five hours for any asylum case, three hours for any immigration case, and four hours for an appeal is always sufficient; notes that the Legal Services Commission already has the powers to deal with legal practitioners found to be overclaiming or providing a poor quality service; further believes that these proposals if implemented will have the perverse effect of driving the more conscientious solicitors out of legally aided work, while those providing poor quality service will have no compunction about presenting inadequately prepared cases to the detriment of their clients; and is concerned about the serious impact this will have on the constituents of many honourable and Right honourable Members who will be either badly represented or not represented at all.

This motion has been signed by a total of 64 MPs.

Neil Gerrard22/10/2003WalthamstowLabourProposed
Karen Buck22/10/2003Regent's Park and Kensington NorthLabourSigned
Martin Caton23/10/2003GowerLabourSigned
Andrew Dismore23/10/2003HendonLabourSigned
Ian Gibson23/10/2003Norwich NorthLabourSigned
Harry Barnes23/10/2003North East DerbyshireLabourSigned
Peter Bottomley23/10/2003Worthing WestConservativeSigned
Paul Tyler23/10/2003North CornwallLiberal DemocratSigned
Lynne Jones23/10/2003Birmingham, Selly OakLabourSigned
Vincent Cable27/10/2003TwickenhamLiberal DemocratSigned
Rudi Vis27/10/2003Finchley & Golders GreenLabourSigned
Mike Hancock27/10/2003Portsmouth SouthLiberal DemocratSigned
Paul Flynn27/10/2003Newport WestLabourSigned
Jim Dobbin27/10/2003Heywood & MiddletonLabour Co-operativeSigned
Terry Davis27/10/2003Birmingham, Hodge HillLabourSigned
Paul Keetch27/10/2003HerefordLiberal DemocratSigned
Glenda Jackson27/10/2003Hampstead & HighgateLabourSigned
Kate Hoey28/10/2003VauxhallLabourSigned
Robert Wareing28/10/2003Liverpool, West DerbyLabourSigned
Harry Cohen28/10/2003Leyton & WansteadLabourSigned
Colin Breed28/10/2003South East CornwallLiberal DemocratSigned
Tom Brake28/10/2003Carshalton & WallingtonLiberal DemocratSigned
Kevin McNamara28/10/2003Kingston upon Hull NorthLabourSigned
David Lepper28/10/2003Brighton, PavilionLabour Co-operativeSigned
David Kidney28/10/2003StaffordLabourSigned
Chris McCafferty29/10/2003Calder ValleyLabourSigned
Andrew George29/10/2003St IvesLiberal DemocratSigned
Betty Williams29/10/2003ConwyLabourSigned
Vera Baird30/10/2003RedcarLabourSigned
Bill Etherington30/10/2003Sunderland NorthLabourSigned
Jeremy Corbyn30/10/2003Islington NorthLabourSigned
Michael Clapham30/10/2003Barnsley West & PenistoneLabourSigned
Alan Meale30/10/2003MansfieldLabourSigned
Rob Marris30/10/2003Wolverhampton South WestLabourSigned
Tony Lloyd30/10/2003Manchester CentralLabourSigned
Annette Brooke30/10/2003Mid Dorset & North PooleLiberal DemocratSigned
Alan Simpson03/11/2003Nottingham SouthLabourSigned
Kelvin Hopkins03/11/2003Luton NorthLabourSigned
Simon Hughes03/11/2003North Southwark & BermondseyLiberal DemocratSigned
Nigel Jones03/11/2003CheltenhamLiberal DemocratSigned
Hilton Dawson03/11/2003Lancaster & WyreLabourSigned
Jim Cousins04/11/2003Newcastle upon Tyne CentralLabourSigned
John Barrett04/11/2003Edinburgh WestLiberal DemocratSigned
Alan Beith04/11/2003Berwick-upon-TweedLiberal DemocratSigned
Marsha Singh05/11/2003Bradford WestLabourSigned
John Pugh06/11/2003SouthportLiberal DemocratSigned
Jim Marshall06/11/2003Leicester SouthLabourSigned
Jenny Tonge10/11/2003Richmond ParkLiberal DemocratSigned
Jim Cunningham10/11/2003Coventry SouthLabourSigned
Andrew Stunell11/11/2003Hazel GroveLiberal DemocratSigned
Bob Russell13/11/2003ColchesterLiberal DemocratSigned
David Chidgey17/11/2003EastleighLiberal DemocratSigned
Sandra Gidley17/11/2003RomseyLiberal DemocratSigned
Pete Wishart17/11/2003North TaysideScottish National PartySigned
Doug Naysmith18/11/2003Bristol North WestLabour Co-operativeSigned
Menzies Campbell18/11/2003Fife North EastLiberal DemocratSigned
Norman Baker18/11/2003LewesLiberal DemocratSigned
Nick Harvey19/11/2003North DevonLiberal DemocratSigned
Helen Clark19/11/2003PeterboroughLabourSigned
David Drew19/11/2003StroudLabour Co-operativeSigned
Don Foster19/11/2003BathLiberal DemocratSigned
Matthew Green19/11/2003LudlowLiberal DemocratSigned
Richard Allan19/11/2003Sheffield, HallamLiberal DemocratSigned
Roger Berry19/11/2003KingswoodLabourSigned

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