HC Deb 05 March 2001 vol 364 c83W
Mr. McNamara

To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if she will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Hull, North constituency, the effects on Hull, North of her Department's policies and actions since 2 May 1997. [150622]

Jane Kennedy

The Hull community advice and legal service partnership. which covers Hull, North, is one of 165 community legal service partnerships (CLSPs) throughout England and Wales.

The Hull partnership is reviewing the need for and supply of advice services throughout Hull, and intends to produce its strategy for advice and legal services for consultation this summer.

Throughout the Hull area, 22 agencies have been awarded contracts with the Legal Services Commission (LSC). The suppliers are all located in the centre of the city, but provide services to residents of all Hull wards. The 22 agencies includes 20 law firms, one law centre and one independent housing aid centre. The total value of the contracts awarded amounts to over £1,178,000.

The 22 agencies noted are all holders of the CLS quality mark. In addition, Hull fair trading advice centre has been awarded the quality mark at general help with casework level, and there are a further six organisations which provide general help or general help with casework and which have committed themselves to applying for the CLS quality mark by October 2001.