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House of Commons

 
 

Thursday 14th June 2007

 

Public Bill Committee Proceedings

 

Legal Services Bill [Lords]


 

[Third and Fourth SITTINGs]


 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mr Henry Bellingham

 

Mr Tobias Ellwood

 

Withdrawn  267

 

Clause  4,  page  2,  line  36,  at beginning insert ‘(1)’.

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mr Henry Bellingham

 

Mr Tobias Ellwood

 

Not called  216

 

Clause  4,  page  2,  line  36,  leave out ‘assist in the maintenance and development’

 

and insert ‘ensure the development and maintenance’.

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mr Henry Bellingham

 

Mr Tobias Ellwood

 

Not called  215

 

Clause  4,  page  3,  line  1,  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

In relation to subsection (1)(b), the Board must satisfy itself that appropriate

 

standards of education and training, including training in client care, are being

 

maintained by approved regulators and, should it not be so satisfied in respect of

 

any particular education and training scheme or schemes, the Board must

 

consider withdrawal of its approval of that scheme or those schemes.’.

 

Clause Agreed to.

 

Clauses 5 to 7 Agreed to.

 



 
 

Public Bill Committee Proceedings: 14th June 2007          

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Legal Services Bill [Lords], continued

 
 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mr Henry Bellingham

 

Mr Tobias Ellwood

 

Simon Hughes

 

John Hemming

 

Withdrawn  221

 

Clause  8,  page  3,  line  31,  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

The approval of the Lord Chancellor is required for the appointment of a person

 

to be the chairman or to be another member of the Panel.’.

 

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mr Henry Bellingham

 

Mr Tobias Ellwood

 

Withdrawn  208

 

Clause  8,  page  4,  line  3,  at end insert—

 

‘(c)    

corporate users of such services.’.

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mr Henry Bellingham

 

Mr Tobias Ellwood

 

Not called  219

 

Clause  8,  page  4,  line  3,  at end insert ‘, and

 

(c)    

qualified but non-practising solicitors who, in their professional capacity,

 

use or purchase services provided by persons who are authorised persons

 

in relation to activities which are reserved legal activities.’.

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mr Henry Bellingham

 

Mr Tobias Ellwood

 

Not called  209

 

Clause  8,  page  4,  line  11,  after ‘(d)’ insert ‘save in respect of a person appointed to

 

represent corporate users of reserved legal activities.’.

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mr Henry Bellingham

 

Mr Tobias Ellwood

 

Not called  220

 

Clause  8,  page  4,  line  12,  at end insert ‘, except for those authorised persons

 

referred to under subsection 4(c).’.

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mr Henry Bellingham

 

Mr Tobias Ellwood

 

Withdrawn  218

 

Clause  8,  page  4,  line  21,  after ‘appointed’ insert—

 

‘(a)    

by the Board following public advertisement and selection by the

 

prevailing standards for selection of members of public bodies and’.

 

Clause Agreed to.


 
 

Public Bill Committee Proceedings: 14th June 2007          

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Legal Services Bill [Lords], continued

 
 

Clauses 9 and 10 Agreed to.

 


 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mr Henry Bellingham

 

Mr Tobias Ellwood

 

Simon Hughes

 

John Hemming

 

Withdrawn  222

 

Clause  11,  page  5,  line  10,  after ‘Board’, insert ‘or on its own initiative’.

 

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mr Henry Bellingham

 

Mr Tobias Ellwood

 

Not called  223

 

Clause  11,  page  5,  line  16,  at end add—

 

‘(4)    

In acting on its own initiative under subsection (1), the Consumer Panel shall not

 

impose any costs on any of the approved regulators.’.

 

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mr Henry Bellingham

 

Mr Tobias Ellwood

 

Simon Hughes

 

John Hemming

 

Withdrawn  224

 

Clause  11,  page  5,  line  16,  at end add—

 

‘(4)    

It shall be the duty of the Board (subject to subsection (5))—

 

(a)    

to provide the Consumer Panel with all such information as, having

 

regard, in particular to the need to preserve commercial confidentiality,

 

the Board considers appropriate to disclose to the Panel for the purpose

 

of enabling the Panel to carry out their functions; and

 

(b)    

to provide the Panel with all such further information as the Panel may

 

require.

 

(5)    

The Board is not required to provide information by virtue of subsection (4)(b) if,

 

having regard to—

 

(a)    

the need to preserve commercial confidentiality, and

 

(b)    

any other matters that appear to the Board to be relevant,

 

    

it is reasonable for the Board to refuse to disclose it to the Panel.’

 

Clause Agreed to.

 



 
 

Public Bill Committee Proceedings: 14th June 2007          

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Legal Services Bill [Lords], continued

 
 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mr Henry Bellingham

 

Mr Tobias Ellwood

 

Simon Hughes

 

John Hemming

 

Withdrawn  210

 

Clause  12,  page  5,  line  26,  at end insert—

 

‘(ea)    

preparation of wills’.

 

Clause Agreed to.

 

Schedule 2 Agreed to.

 

Clauses 13 and 14 Agreed to.

 


 

Bridget Prentice

 

Question proposed  108

 

Clause  15,  page  7,  line  15,  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

Where P is an independent trade union, persons provided with relevant services

 

by virtue of—

 

(a)    

their membership or former membership of P, or

 

(b)    

another person’s membership or former membership of P,

 

    

do not constitute the public or a section of the public.’.

 

 

Members’ explanatory statement

 

The effect of this amendment is that an independent trade union falls under Clause 15(4), and

 

therefore does not need to be entitled, when it carries out certain member services that are re­

 

served legal activities. The individual through whom the union carries on such services will still

 

have to be entitled.

 

[Adjourned till Tuesday 19th June at 10.30 a.m.


 
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