Parliamentary Reports

The parliamentary reports page provides useful links to research briefings provided by the libraries of the House of Commons and House of Lords that include briefings providing research, analysis and information services, on legal aid for members and staff the respective Houses of Parliament, for example, papers such as “Legal aid representation at an inquest”. There are also links to specific reports on legal aid produced by the Justice Select Committee (and previously the Constitutional Affairs Select Committee), such as the 2015 report on the impact of LASPO on civil legal aid. Commons select committees are cross party committees formed to provide objective investigations and reports on the work of government department and agencies.

Independent Research

House of Commons and House Lords Library Research Briefings on Legal Aid 

12 March 2015 Impact of changes to civil legal aid under Part 1 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012

Report - Electronic Version with Contents Page links

Report - PDF

Government’s Response 

18 July 2013 Transforming Legal Aid: evidence taken by the Committee

Report - Electronic Version with Contents Page links

Report in PDF

Uncorrected Transcript of Oral Evidence - Electronic Version

Uncorrected Transcript of Oral Evidence - PDF 

30 March 2011 Government's proposed reform of legal aid

Report Vol I - Electronic Version with Contents Page links

Report Vol 1 - PDF

Report Vol II & III- Electronic Version with Contents Page links

Report Vol II - PDF

Report Vol III - PDF

Government's Response 

15 July 2009  Family Legal Aid Reform

Report - Electronic Version with Contents Page links

Report - PDF

Government's Response -  Electronic Version

Government's Response - PDF

Government's Further Response -  Electronic Version

Government's Further Response -  PDF 

01 May 2007 Report of House of Commons Constitutional Affairs Committee: Implementation of the Carter Review of Legal Aid

Report - Electronic Version with Contents Page links

Report Vol I - PDF

Report Vol II - PDF 

14 March 2006 Legal Services Commission: removal of Specialist Support Services

Report - Electronic Version with Contents Page links

Report - PDF 

23 March 2005 Legal aid: asylum appeals

Report - Electronic Version with Contents Page links

Report Vol I - PDF

Report Vol II - PDF 

27 July 2004 Draft Criminal Defence Service Bill

Report - Electronic Version with Contents Page links

Report Vol I - PDF 

16 July 2004 Civil Legal Aid: adequacy of provision

Report - Electronic Version with Contents Page links

Report Vol I - PDF 

31 October 2003 Immigration and Asylum: the Government's proposed changes to publicly funded immigration and asylum work

Report - Electronic Version with Contents Page links

Report Vol I - PDF

Responses from Lord Chancellor's Department