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Legal Aid to the Families of Service Personnel

Time to write to your MP again over another issue where service personnel's families get contemptible treatment.

EDM 578

Presented: 13 Dec 07

LEGAL AID TO SERVICEMEN'S FAMILIES

[10 signatures as of 13.12.07]

Davies, David TC
Binley, Brian
Bone, Peter
Cash, William
Crabb, Stephen
Davies, Philip
Evans, Nigel
Leigh, Edward
Winterton, Ann
Winterton, Nicholas


That this House notes that legal aid has been made readily available to a vast number of people and groups in the United Kingdom; recalls that legal aid has been given to allow for, amongst other things, a schoolgirl's father to sue a headteacher over a school's uniform policy, for a murderer to repeatedly protest his right to have a baby by IFV, and for a terrorist associate to resist extradition and punishment; understands from the Legal Services Commission's website that the Commission helps over two million people a year; expresses surprise and dismay that the families of nine RAF servicemen who were shot down and killed in Iraq in 2005 will not qualify for automatic legal aid to help them work through the legal complexities of the case; further notes that the family of an Australian serviceman killed in the same attack has been granted legal aid by their home country; and therefore calls on the Legal Services Commission to reconsider this case as a matter of urgency and allow these families of British soldiers access to legal aid as soon as possible.



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Alternately write to either (1) the Secretary of State for Defence: Rt Hon Des Browne MP as below:

Rt Hon Des Browne MP
Secretary of State for Defence
Ministry of Defence
Floor 5, Main Building
Whitehall
London SW1A 2HB

You should use the salutation: Dear Secretary of State


or (2) the Minister of State (Armed Forces): Rt Hon Bob Ainsworth MP as below:

Rt Hon Bob Ainsworth MP
Minister of State (Armed Forces)
Ministry of Defence
Floor 5, Main Building
Whitehall
London SW1A 2HB

You should use the salutation: Dear Minister
 
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