HC Deb 01 February 1988 vol 126 c695
75. Mr. Bowis

To ask the Attorney-General what plans he has to review the maximum expenses and loss of earnings claimable by (a) jurors and (b) witnesses.

The Solicitor-General (Sir Nicholas Lyell)

The maximum limits on expenses and compensation for loss of earnings reimbursed to jurors and witnesses are reviewed annually in accordance with Treasury guidelines. The maximum compensation for loss of earnings was increased from £25.40 to £27.50 per day in October 1987 for witnesses and in November 1987 for jurors. The levels of other expenses, including, for example, subsistence payments, were also increased at various times during 1987.

Mr. Bowis

At the time of the next review, will my hon. and learned Friend pay particular attention to the burden on the self-employed and on the agency or temporary worker of performing this community service as a witness or juror?

The Solicitor-General

No distinction is made between those who are employed and those who are self-employed. Increases are made by reference to increases in national average earnings.

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