HC Deb 09 February 2004 vol 417 cc1335-6W
John Mann

To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect of enabling providers other than solicitors to offer legal services directly to the public. [153358]

Mr. Lammy

The Government have commissioned an independent review of the regulation of legal services aimed at promoting competition and innovation and improving services for consumers. We are reviewing future demand for legal services and the suppliers needed particularly in the publicly funded sector. We have already decided to open up the probate market to new providers, which should enable consumers to benefit from better and more cost effective services. A full regulatory impact assessment of opening up the probate market will be provided when commencement orders are laid before Parliament.