§ 26. Ms. Harman
asked the Attorney-General what action he plans to take in the light of the report of the Lord Chancellor's legal aid advisory committee.
§ The Solicitor-General (Sir Patrick Mayhew)
The Lord Chancellor is considering the report, which was published on 14 December.
§ Ms. Harman
Will the Government act on the law centre proposals, in particular the suggestions that they should be funded by central Government, that they should be the responsibility of the Lord Chancellor and that there is an urgent need for ministerial direction on funding? Would that not help to change the situation which largely exists at present, where the ability to enforce one's legal rights depends on how much money one has?
§ Mr. Mayhew
The committee's recommendations on law centres and their future funding are being urgently considered by the Lord Chancellor. The hon. Lady well knows that at present arrangements for their funding are diverse and that more than one Ministry has a share in those arrangements. It is important that any revision should get it right. I know that there is impatience that this has taken so long, but my noble Friend is anxious to reach a conclusion as soon as possible.
|List of current projects involving more than £10m. of United Kingdom Government aid overseas|
|£ million.||Projects funded under the Aid and Trade Provision (ATP)|
|Bangladesh: Tea Rehabilitation||25.3|
|Bangladesh: Dhaka Power Distribution System||41.8|
|Bangladesh: Second Deep Tubewell Project||17.36|
|Brazil: Jacui Power Station||24.138||ATP|
|Egypt: Cairo Wastewater Project||50|
|Gibraltar: Dockyard Commercialisation||28|
|India: Coal Mining Equipment||11.02|
|India: Thal Fertiliser Project||46.75|
|India: Hazira Fertiliser Project||42.9|
|India: Rihand Super-Thermal Power Station||117||Partly ATP|
|and Associated Coal Mine at Amlori||30||Partly ATP|
|India: Agricultural Refinancing and Development Corporation IV (ARDCIV)||40|
|India: Local Cost Aid for Housing||14.75|
|India: Mysore Forestry Project||10.329|
|India: Fertiliser Education Project||13.1|
|India: Orissa Family Welfare Project||10.84|
|India: Karnataka Social Forestry Project||15.1|
|Indonesia: Mrica Hydro-Electricity Project||10.782||ATP|