41459 - Work Capability Assessment: Wales (Answered)

Hywel Williams
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many work capability assessment appeals there were in Wales in the last three years.

Mr Shailesh Vara

The information requested is not held centrally.

40871 - Law (Answered)

Christina Rees
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to improve legal education in England and Wales.

Mr Shailesh Vara

The legal profession in England and Wales is independent from government. We want to see an innovative and competitive market that provides people with affordable legal services that they want and need, with regulation that supports the public and consumer interest.

40870 - Legal Opinion (Answered)

Christina Rees
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to improve awareness of available legal advice for the general public.

Mr Shailesh Vara

The legal profession in England and Wales is independent from government. We want to see an innovative and competitive market that provides people with affordable legal services that they want and need, with regulation that supports the public and consumer interest.

40869 - Administration of Justice (Answered)

Christina Rees
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the findings of the Law Society's online survey of individuals' handling of legal issues in England and Wales 2015, published in May 2016.

Mr Shailesh Vara

The legal profession in England and Wales is independent from government. We want to see an innovative and competitive market that provides people with affordable legal services that they want and need, with regulation that supports the public and consumer interest.

41331 - Social Security Benefits: Appeals (Answered)

Frank Field
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many decisions taken on claims for (a) employment and support allowance and (b) personal independence payment have been appealed in (i) Birkenhead and (ii) the UK in each of the past five years; and how many of those appeals have been successful.

Mr Shailesh Vara

HM Courts & Tribunals Service (HMCTS) does not hold accurate information on the volumes of appeals received against claims for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

41295 - Domestic Violence: Legal Aid Scheme (Answered)

Andy Slaughter
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 27 June 2016 to Question 40498, on domestic violence: legal aid scheme, which domestic violence support groups, legal representative bodies and colleagues across Government the Department is working with; and on what basis the decision was made to work with those organisations and not others.

Mr Shailesh Vara

We are working with a range of organisations, including Rights of Women, the Law Society, Resolution, and the Legal Aid Practitioners Group.

40868 - Employment Tribunals Service: Fees and Charges (Answered)

Christina Rees
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many employment tribunal claimants withdrew their case due to the requirement to pay fees (a) since 2013, (b) between April 2014 and March 2015 and (c) between April 2015 and March 2016.

Mr Shailesh Vara

HM Courts & Tribunals Service does not record the reasons why claimants withdraw their employment tribunal case.

40867 - Employment Tribunals Service: Fees and Charges (Answered)

Christina Rees
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of employment tribunal fees on the gender pay gap.

Mr Shailesh Vara

The review is assessing how successful the reforms had been in meeting their original objectives including, as far as we can, the impact of fees in relation to characteristics protected under the Equality Act 2010.

We are planning to announce the conclusions of the review in due course.

40938 - Employment Tribunals Service: Females (Answered)

Andy Slaughter
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the reasons for recent reductions in the number of cases brought by women in employment tribunals.

Mr Shailesh Vara

The review we are currently undertaking on Employment Tribunals fees is assessing the impact that the introduction of fees has had on proceedings in the Employment Tribunals, including in relation to characteristics protected under the Equality Act 2010.

We expect to announce the conclusion of the review in due course.

41078 - Interpreters (Answered)

Andy Slaughter
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the Answer of 14 April 2016 to Question 33365, on interpreters, what the value was of each of the 44 service credits imposed on Capita; and what amount Capita was paid in each month in which service credits were imposed.

Mr Shailesh Vara

Since we introduced a new interpreting contract in 2012 we have incurred an estimated £38m less expenditure than we would have done under historic arrangements.

Pages