§ Mr. Colman
To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what assessment he has made of the cost to public funds of the flat fee system. 
§ Jane Kennedy
The cost to public funds of the flat fee system will arise through the introduction of fee remissions for those unable to pay. For 2001–02, this is estimated at a maximum of £2.4 million, reducing in future years. The actual cost will be monitored. The cost of administering the new flat fee system will be approximately £0.8 million less than the previous system.