HC Deb 07 June 1976 vol 912 cc509-10W
Mr. Nicholas Winterton

asked the Attorney-General what are the functions of community law centres.

The Attorney-General

The main function of community law centres is the provision of legal services to persons of modest means who might otherwise not obtain them.

Mr. Nicholas Winterton

asked the Attorney-General if reports made by community law centres have to be lodged with his Department.

The Attorney-General

There is no statutory requirement to report, but most law centres produce reports and provide copies for my noble Friend's Department. My noble Friend requires reports from those centres which are funded by him.

Mr. Nicholas Winterton

asked the Attorney-General, how many community law centres have been set up in the United Kingdom to date; and where they are situated.

The Attorney-General

20 law centres have been opened. Their locations ale shown below.

Law Centre and Situation

Adamsdown Community & Advice Centre—Cardiff

Balham Neighbourhood Law Centre—Wandsworth, London

Denwell Community Law Project—Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Brent Community Law Centre—Brent, London Camden Community Law Centre—Camden, London

Coventry Legal & Income Rights Service—Coventry

Hackney Law Centre—Hackney, London

Hillingdon Community Law Centre—Hillingdon, London

Holloway Neighbourhood Law Centre—Islington, London

Islington Community Law Centre—Islington, London

Lambeth Community Law Centre—Lambeth, London

Manchester Law Centre—Manchester

Newham Rights Centre—Newham, London

North Kensington Neighbourhood Law Centre—Kensington & Chelsea, London

Paddington Neighbourhood Advice Bureau & Law Centre—Westminster, London

Stepney Green Neighbourhood Law Centre—Tower Hamlets, London

Tottenham Neighbourhood Law Centre—Haringey, London

Vauxhall Law & Information Centre—Liverpool

West Hampstead Law Centre—Camden, London

West Stepney Neighbourhood Law Centre—Tower Hamlets, London

Mr. Nicholas Winterton

asked the Attorney-General if he is satisfied with the manner in which community law centres utilise the public funds which are made available to them.

The Attorney-General

Community law centres are voluntary organisations drawing their finance from various sources, including my noble Friend's Vote, the urban programme, local authorities and the voluntary sector. It is a matter for the funding agent in each case to satisfy itself as to the manner in which grants are used. My noble Friend is satisfied with the use which is made of public funds by those centres which receive grants from him.

Mr. Nicholas Winterton

asked the Attorney-General what checks his Department makes on community law centres in receipt of public funds to ensure that they do not use these funds to engage in political activities.

The Attorney-General

In those cases where a community law centre receives a grant from my noble Friend there is an annual inspection by his departmental audit staff to ascertain that the grant has been used for the purpose for which it was provided, namely, the provision of legal services.

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