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GOVERNMENT'S LEGAL AID PROPOSALS

EDM (Early Day Motion) 738: tabled on 25 January 2007

Tabled in the 2006-07 session.

This motion has been signed by 115 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

Motion text

That this House recognises the need to reform legal aid to ensure good quality legal services, value for money and access to justice; notes that approximately 50 per cent. of the Criminal Legal Aid Budget is spent on one per cent. of cases; acknowledges the Report of the Bar Working Group into Long and Complex Cases which criticised unrealistic over-charging of defendants by prosecutors, over-loading of indictments, mismanagement of disclosure and poor case management and concludes that all savings needed in the Legal Aid Budget could be made from within the one per cent. of cases; further notes that research underpinning the Carter Review showed that small solicitors' firms provide the lowest costs and the high standard client service and are well regarded by clients; is concerned that Government has failed to act on this; believes that if Government did choose to act on this evidence, much could be done to prevent hundreds of small high street solicitors from being forced out of business by the Government's proposals; believes that large scale closure of small high street solicitors would erode communities and leave vulnerable people without effective access to justice; welcomes the stand taken by charities and representative bodies in pointing out the potential risks to high street solicitors and vulnerable people; and calls on the Government to reconsider its proposals so as to deliver an efficient system for long and complex cases, recognition of the economic and social case for small high street solicitors and the need to provide fair access to justice.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

Ainsworth, Mr Peter
Conservative
Signed on 22 February 2007
East Surrey
Amess, Mr David
Conservative
Signed on 16 April 2007
Southend West
Arbuthnot, Mr James
Conservative
Signed on 16 April 2007
North East Hampshire
Atkinson, Mr Peter
Conservative
Signed on 25 January 2007
Hexham
Baron, Mr John
Conservative
Signed on 19 March 2007
Billericay
Benyon, Mr Richard
Conservative
Signed on 16 April 2007
Newbury
Binley, Mr Brian
Conservative
Signed on 18 April 2007
Northampton South
Blunt, Mr Crispin
Conservative
Signed on 21 February 2007
Reigate
Boswell, Mr Tim
Conservative
Signed on 28 March 2007
Daventry
Bottomley, Sir Peter
Conservative
Signed on 26 January 2007
Worthing West
Brady, Mr Graham
Conservative
Signed on 28 March 2007
Altrincham and Sale West
Brazier, Mr Julian
Conservative
Signed on 28 March 2007
Canterbury
Brokenshire, James
Conservative
Signed on 6 February 2007
Hornchurch
Burns, Mr Simon
Conservative
Signed on 25 January 2007
West Chelmsford
Burt, Alistair
Conservative
Signed on 25 January 2007
North East Bedfordshire
Butterfill, Sir John
Conservative
Signed on 29 March 2007
Bournemouth West
Cable, Dr Vincent
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 1 February 2007
Twickenham
Conway, Derek
Conservative
Signed on 30 January 2007
Old Bexley and Sidcup
Corbyn, Jeremy
Labour
Signed on 31 January 2007
Islington North
Crabb, Mr Stephen
Conservative
Signed on 8 October 2007
Preseli Pembrokeshire
Cryer, Mrs Ann
Labour
Signed on 2 February 2007
Keighley
Davis, Mr David
Conservative
Signed on 8 October 2007
Haltemprice and Howden
Dorrell, Mr Stephen
Conservative
Signed on 16 April 2007
Charnwood
Duddridge, James
Conservative
Signed on 23 March 2007
Rochford and Southend East
Evans, Mr Nigel
Conservative
Signed on 29 January 2007
Ribble Valley
Evennett, Mr David
Conservative
Signed on 25 January 2007
Bexleyheath and Crayford
Fabricant, Michael
Conservative
Signed on 25 January 2007
Lichfield
Fallon, Mr Michael
Conservative
Signed on 12 March 2007
Sevenoaks
Field, Mr Mark
Conservative
Signed on 22 February 2007
Cities of London and Westminster
Fox, Dr Liam
Conservative
Signed on 16 April 2007
Woodspring
Fraser, Mr Christopher
Conservative
Signed on 23 February 2007
South West Norfolk
Gillan, Mrs Cheryl
Conservative
Signed on 30 January 2007
Chesham and Amersham
Goodman, Mr Paul
Conservative
Signed on 17 April 2007
Wycombe
Gove, Michael
Conservative
Signed on 19 February 2007
Surrey Heath
Gray, Mr James
Conservative
Signed on 2 February 2007
North Wiltshire
Green, Damian
Conservative
Signed on 25 April 2007
Ashford
Greening, Justine
Conservative
Signed on 16 April 2007
Putney
Gummer, Mr John
Conservative
Signed on 8 October 2007
Suffolk Coastal
Hammond, Mr Philip
Conservative
Signed on 25 January 2007
Runnymede and Weybridge
Hammond, Stephen
Conservative
Signed on 29 March 2007
Wimbledon
Hancock, Mr Mike
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 29 January 2007
Portsmouth South
Hands, Mr Greg
Conservative
Signed on 27 February 2007
Hammersmith and Fulham
Harper, Mr Mark
Conservative
Signed on 28 March 2007
Forest of Dean
Hemming, John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 27 February 2007
Birmingham, Yardley
Holloway, Mr Adam
Conservative
Signed on 29 January 2007
Gravesham
Holmes, Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 5 February 2007
Chesterfield
Horam, Mr John
Conservative
Signed on 8 February 2007
Orpington
Hunt, Mr Jeremy
Conservative
Signed on 19 March 2007
South West Surrey
Hunter, Mark
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 11 June 2007
Cheadle
Jackson, Mr Stewart
Conservative
Signed on 25 January 2007
Peterborough
Jenkin, Mr Bernard
Conservative
Signed on 25 January 2007
North Essex
Jones, Mr David
Conservative
Signed on 25 January 2007
Clwyd West
Kawczynski, Daniel
Conservative
Signed on 30 January 2007
Shrewsbury and Atcham
Key, Robert
Conservative
Signed on 25 January 2007
Salisbury
Knight, Mr Greg
Conservative
Signed on 25 January 2007
East Yorkshire
Laing, Mrs Eleanor
Conservative
Signed on 30 January 2007
Epping Forest
Lait, Mrs Jacqui
Conservative
Signed on 30 January 2007
Beckenham
Lancaster, Mr Mark
Conservative
Signed on 26 January 2007
North East Milton Keynes
Letwin, Mr Oliver
Conservative
Signed on 25 January 2007
West Dorset
Lidington, Mr David
Conservative
Signed on 8 February 2007
Aylesbury
Loughton, Tim
Conservative
Signed on 30 January 2007
East Worthing and Shoreham
Mackay, Mr Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 25 January 2007
Bracknell
Maclean, David
Conservative
Signed on 20 March 2007
Penrith and The Border
Main, Anne
Conservative
Signed on 15 March 2007
St Albans
Malins, Mr Humfrey
Conservative
Signed on 16 April 2007
Woking
Maples, Mr John
Conservative
Signed on 19 February 2007
Stratford-on-Avon
Mates, Mr Michael
Conservative
Signed on 1 February 2007
East Hampshire
May, Mrs Theresa
Conservative
Signed on 19 February 2007
Maidenhead
McDonnell, John
Labour
Signed on 7 March 2007
Hayes and Harlington
McIntosh, Miss Anne
Conservative
Signed on 1 February 2007
Vale of York
Mercer, Patrick
Conservative
Signed on 2 February 2007
Newark
Miller, Mrs Maria
Conservative
Signed on 1 February 2007
Basingstoke
Milton, Anne
Conservative
Signed on 29 March 2007
Guildford
Moss, Mr Malcolm
Conservative
Signed on 25 January 2007
North East Cambridgeshire
Mundell, David
Conservative
Signed on 6 March 2007
Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale
Murrison, Dr Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 31 January 2007
Westbury
Neill, Bob
Conservative
Signed on 22 February 2007
Bromley and Chislehurst
O'Brien, Mr Stephen
Conservative
Signed on 18 April 2007
Eddisbury
Ottaway, Richard
Conservative
Signed on 25 January 2007
Croydon South
Penning, Mike
Conservative
Signed on 25 January 2007
Hemel Hempstead
Penrose, John
Conservative
Signed on 1 February 2007
Weston-Super-Mare
Pickles, Mr Eric
Conservative
Signed on 19 March 2007
Brentwood and Ongar
Rosindell, Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 25 January 2007
Romford
Ruffley, Mr David
Conservative
Signed on 25 January 2007
Bury St Edmunds
Scott, Mr Lee
Conservative
Signed on 21 February 2007
Ilford North
Selous, Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 30 January 2007
South West Bedfordshire
Simpson, Mr Keith
Conservative
Signed on 25 January 2007
Mid Norfolk
Soames, Hon Nicholas
Conservative
Signed on 30 January 2007
Mid Sussex
Spelman, Mrs Caroline
Conservative
Signed on 8 February 2007
Meriden
Spink, Bob
Conservative
Signed on 25 January 2007
Castle Point
Streeter, Mr Gary
Conservative
Signed on 16 April 2007
South West Devon
Stuart, Mr Graham
Conservative
Signed on 7 June 2007
Beverley and Holderness
Swayne, Mr Desmond
Conservative
Signed on 19 March 2007
New Forest West
Swire, Mr Hugo
Conservative
Signed on 29 January 2007
East Devon
Taylor, Mr Ian
Conservative
Signed on 20 March 2007
Esher and Walton
Vaizey, Mr Edward
Conservative
Signed on 16 April 2007
Wantage
Viggers, Sir Peter
Conservative
Signed on 16 April 2007
Gosport
Vis, Dr Rudi
Labour
Signed on 5 February 2007
Finchley and Golders Green
Wallace, Mr Ben
Conservative
Signed on 7 March 2007
Lancaster and Wyre
Walter, Mr Robert
Conservative
Signed on 27 March 2007
North Dorset
Waterson, Mr Nigel
Conservative
Signed on 31 January 2007
Eastbourne
Watkinson, Angela
Conservative
Signed on 1 February 2007
Upminster
Whittingdale, Mr John
Conservative
Signed on 5 February 2007
Maldon and East Chelmsford
Wiggin, Bill
Conservative
Signed on 16 April 2007
Leominster
Williams, Hywel
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 30 January 2007
Caernarfon
Wilshire, Mr David
Conservative
Signed on 31 January 2007
Spelthorne
Wright, Jeremy
Conservative
Signed on 30 April 2007
Rugby and Kenilworth
Wyatt, Derek
Labour
Signed on 18 May 2007
Sittingbourne and Sheppey
Younger-Ross, Richard
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 19 February 2007
Teignbridge

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.