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Johnny Mercer

Conservative - Plymouth, Moor View

Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
28th Jul 2019 - 20th Apr 2021
Armed Forces Bill Select Committee
22nd Feb 2021 - 22nd Feb 2021
Select Committee on the Armed Forces Bill
22nd Feb 2021 - 22nd Feb 2021
Defence Sub-Committee
12th Sep 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Defence Committee
11th Sep 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Health and Social Care Committee
11th Sep 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Defence Sub-Committee
4th May 2016 - 3rd May 2017
Defence Sub-Committee
8th Sep 2015 - 3rd May 2017
Defence Committee
6th Jul 2015 - 3rd May 2017


Oral Question
Wednesday 6th July 2022
12:00
Cabinet Office
Oral Question No. 2
If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 6 July.
Division Votes
Wednesday 29th June 2022
Northern Ireland Troubles (Legacy and Reconciliation) Bill
voted Aye - in line with the party majority
One of 271 Conservative Aye votes vs 0 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 273 Noes - 205
Speeches
Wednesday 29th June 2022
Northern Ireland Troubles (Legacy and Reconciliation) Bill
The hon. Gentleman mentions that victims are at the centre of this, and that is right, but I hear repeatedly …
Written Answers
Tuesday 28th June 2022
Dangerous Driving: Death
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress has been made on the consultation into parts of the …
Early Day Motions
None available
Bills
None available
MP Financial Interests
Monday 17th January 2022
1. Employment and earnings
Payments from Chartwell Speakers, 14 Gray’s Inn Road, London WC1X 8HN, for speaking engagements:
EDM signed
Tuesday 26th April 2022
Federation of Small Businesses’ 10-Point Plan for Disability Employment and Entrepreneurship
That this House recognises the publication of the Federation of Small Businesses’ 10-Point Plan for Disability Employment and Entrepreneurship; notes …

Division Voting information

During the current Parliamentary Session, Johnny Mercer has voted in 341 divisions, and 3 times against the majority of their Party.

6 Dec 2021 - Armed Forces Bill - View Vote Context
Johnny Mercer voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 4 Conservative No votes vs 300 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 302 Noes - 221
7 Dec 2021 - Nationality and Borders Bill - View Vote Context
Johnny Mercer voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 15 Conservative Aye votes vs 289 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 251 Noes - 296
30 Mar 2022 - Health and Care Bill - View Vote Context
Johnny Mercer voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 72 Conservative Aye votes vs 175 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 215 Noes - 188
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

Speeches made during Parliamentary debates are recorded in Hansard. For ease of browsing we have grouped debates into individual, departmental and legislative categories.

Sparring Partners
Kevan Jones (Labour)
(126 debate interactions)
Carol Monaghan (Scottish National Party)
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Armed Forces and Veterans)
(25 debate interactions)
Stephen Morgan (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Education) (Schools)
(22 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Cabinet Office
(387 debate contributions)
Ministry of Defence
(177 debate contributions)
Northern Ireland Office
(30 debate contributions)
Department for International Trade
(6 debate contributions)
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Plymouth, Moor View Petitions

e-Petitions are administered by Parliament and allow members of the public to express support for a particular issue.

If an e-petition reaches 10,000 signatures the Government will issue a written response.

If an e-petition reaches 100,000 signatures the petition becomes eligible for a Parliamentary debate (usually Monday 4.30pm in Westminster Hall).

Petition Debates Contributed

We want Police Officers to be able to provide a suspension notice from the moment an offender is caught drink, drug or dangerous driving until they appear in court. It would then be for the Judge to decide whether a ban continues or they are able to continue to drive again.


Latest EDMs signed by Johnny Mercer

19th April 2022
Johnny Mercer signed this EDM on Tuesday 26th April 2022

Federation of Small Businesses’ 10-Point Plan for Disability Employment and Entrepreneurship

Tabled by: Douglas Chapman (Scottish National Party - Dunfermline and West Fife)
That this House recognises the publication of the Federation of Small Businesses’ 10-Point Plan for Disability Employment and Entrepreneurship; notes the disability employment gap is still more than 28 per cent; commends the FSB’s effort to address this through its well-thought-out plan; and encourages the Government to implement the steps …
16 signatures
(Most recent: 27 Apr 2022)
Signatures by party:
Scottish National Party: 5
Labour: 5
Plaid Cymru: 3
Democratic Unionist Party: 1
Green Party: 1
Conservative: 1
23rd October 2018
Johnny Mercer signed this EDM as a sponsor on Tuesday 23rd October 2018

THERE BUT NOT THERE

Tabled by: Ruth Smeeth (Labour - Stoke-on-Trent North)
That this House recognises the extraordinary work of There But Not There, an art installation project which commemorates the fallen heroes of the First World War; notes that the project has raised £4 million for six military charities; further notes that £800,000 of the funds raised will be paid as …
62 signatures
(Most recent: 19 Dec 2018)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 29
Conservative: 15
Scottish National Party: 5
Liberal Democrat: 5
Democratic Unionist Party: 3
Independent: 3
The Independent Group for Change: 1
Plaid Cymru: 1
Green Party: 1
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Johnny Mercer, and are more likely to reflect personal policy preferences.

MPs who are act as Ministers or Shadow Ministers are generally restricted from performing Commons initiatives other than Urgent Questions.


Johnny Mercer has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Johnny Mercer has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

Johnny Mercer has not introduced any legislation before Parliament

Johnny Mercer has not co-sponsored any Bills in the current parliamentary sitting


26 Written Questions in the current parliament

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Written Questions can be tabled by MPs and Lords to request specific information information on the work, policy and activities of a Government Department
23rd May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of facilitating (a) public consultation and (b) parliamentary scrutiny prior to closing (i) Plymouth and (ii) other Insolvency Service offices; and whether he has made an assessment of the practicalities of requiring staff to relocate in the context of subsequent long commuting times.

There has been engagement with a number of stakeholders to date and this will continue as the Insolvency Service transitions from 21 offices to 11 regional centres over the next three years.

Individual office business cases and impact assessments will be monitored as the project progresses. The Insolvency Service is in discussion with affected employees on a range of options, including flexible working and help with increased travel costs, to support a move to their nearest regional centre location

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
10th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding his Department has provided to support the 300 undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships for Afghan nationals at UK universities under Operation Warm Welcome; and how many of those scholarships have been awarded.

A significant cross-government effort is under way, dubbed ‘Operation Warm Welcome’, to ensure Afghans arriving in the UK receive the vital support they need to rebuild their lives, find work, pursue education, and integrate into their local communities.

As part of Operation Warm Welcome, it was announced there would be further funding for up to 300 undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships for Afghans at UK universities. The department will update with further details of this programme in due course.

Michelle Donelan
Minister of State (Department for Education) (Higher and Further Education)
20th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress has been made on the consultation into parts of the Road Traffic Act 1988 and the potential merits of immediately suspending the driving licences of anyone who causes death while driving.

The Department for Transport is currently working on the scope of the call for evidence on motoring offences.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
11th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what advice he plans to give to people who are unable to book domestic cruise trips as a result of the cruise company's policy that passengers of all ages must be fully vaccinated against covid-19, including children for whom that vaccine has yet to be approved.

My Department is committed to the safe restart of cruise and monitoring the risk of transmission and will require passengers and crew to present a negative Covid-19 test prior to embarkation. However, the matter of mandating vaccinations in order to travel on domestic cruises in the UK is a matter for individual operators. This is a commercial matter, with cruise operators formulating their own policies on Covid-19 safety measures.

More information about safe domestic cruise travel in the UK can be found on the gov.uk website.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
18th Aug 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department plans to take in response to the findings of the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman's report, Women's State Pension age: our findings on the Department for Work and Pensions' communication of changes, printed on 19 July 2021, HC 444.

The Ombudsman’s investigation is ongoing and section 7(2) of the Parliamentary Commissioner Act 1967 states that Ombudsman investigations “shall be conducted in private”. It is not appropriate to comment on the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman's report of 19 July 2021 on stage 1 of their investigation.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
10th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to reform the NHS dental contract to improve access to NHS dentistry.

The Department and NHS England and NHS Improvement are developing proposals for dental system reform, working with stakeholders, such as the British Dental Association. This includes proposals to improve patient access, reduce health inequalities and make the National Health Service a more attractive place to work for dentists.

Maria Caulfield
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
10th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the availability of NHS dentists in (a) Plymouth, Moor View constituency, (b) the South West and (c) England.

In 2020/2021 there were 23,733 dentists with National Health Service activity in England and 2,560 in the South West. Data is not collected at constituency level.

Maria Caulfield
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
10th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment his Department has made of the recruitment challenges in the NHS dentistry sector; and what steps he is taking to support the recruitment of NHS dentists.

Following a three-year review of dental education and training, Health Education England set out recommendations in the Advancing Dental Care Review. These aim to tackle recruitment and retention challenges, attracting more dentists into the National Health Service. These recommendations will be implemented through the Dental Education Reform Programme.

The Department and NHS England and NHS Improvement are developing proposals to reform the current NHS dental contract, working with the British Dental Association. This aims to improve access for patients and make working for the NHS more attractive for dentists and their teams. The Department is also currently working with the General Dental Council on legislative proposals to allow greater flexibility to expand overseas registration routes open to international applicants.

Maria Caulfield
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
25th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department plans to issue updated guidance following the lifting of covid-19 Plan B restrictions for people assessed as being clinically extremely vulnerable.

The Government ended the shielding programme on 15 September 2021. People previously considered clinically extremely vulnerable are advised to follow general guidance, while considering extra precautions to reduce the risk of infection. Updated public health advice was issued on 24 December 2021 for those previously considered clinically extremely vulnerable, which is available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19

We have also issued guidance for people whose immune system means they are at higher risk of serious outcomes from COVID-19, which is available at the following link:

www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-people-whose-immune-system-means-they-are-at-higher-risk/covid-19-guidance-for-people-whose-immune-system-means-they-are-at-higher-risk

NHS England and NHS Improvement have written to general practices and hospital trusts in England to raise awareness of the guidance.

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
10th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many Afghan nationals with UK visas who served (a) as interpreters and (b) in other locally employed staff roles are in Afghanistan as of 6 December 2021; and what steps her Department is taking to facilitate the return of those people to the UK.

At the end of Operation Pitting 311 principals called forward to Hamid Karzai Airport under the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (ARAP) scheme had not been evacuated. 99 of them are now in the UK and 45 in third countries. Helping all those who want to leave Afghanistan and who are eligible to come to the UK remains a priority. The Government has made clear to the Taliban the need to ensure safe passage of those entitled to go to another country. The Joint Afghanistan Casework Unit, staffed by officials from the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, Home Office and Ministry of Defence, is taking forward the UK's commitment to resettle those eligible to come to the UK. The ARAP scheme remains open.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Minister for Europe)
26th Apr 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent estimate he has made of the number of licences given by the Office for Financial Sanctions Implementation to British law firms in respect of Russian operations; and whether that organisation allows licensed firms to continue representing Russian state-related companies.

Data on licences issued will be provided in OFSI’s Annual Review 2021-22 which is due to be published this year.

John Glen
Economic Secretary (HM Treasury)
10th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when each Afghan national who arrived in the UK under the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy, Operation Pitting and the Afghan citizens resettlement scheme will be awarded Indefinite Leave to Remain.

In recognition of the urgency of the evacuation and the need to act quickly, the majority of those who entered the UK during the evacuation phase were granted limited leave to enter, usually for 6 months, with access to public funds and employment. This status is not a bar to them being permanently housed or to starting their life in the UK, including taking employment.

The Home Office has now started the process to support all those currently in the UK with 6 months leave to apply for and be granted ILR. We will be providing support for the completion of application forms, which will be required to ensure we obtain up to date personal information and to obtain the necessary biometric resident permit consent. Our aim is to conclude this process before anyone’s leave expires.

Communications have been issued advising individuals of next steps to progress permanent residence in the UK. Amongst the information provided, those communications confirm individuals’ rights to employment and to access services (e.g. medical treatment, school places). They also provide links to guidance and information on how prospective employers and landlords can contact the Home Office to confirm individuals’ right to take employment and rented accommodation.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
10th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps Afghan nationals who have settled in the UK under the (a) Ex-Gratia Scheme and (b) Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy scheme need to take to apply for relocation of additional family members in response to the security threat faced by those family members in Afghanistan.

Individuals already settled in the UK under ARAP/EX-Gratia scheme seeking relocation for additional family members are required to apply under the additional family guidance via their original sponsoring department (MOD or FCDO). Application For Relocation To The United Kingdom Under ARAP (office.com)

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
18th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his most recent estimate is for when applications to the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy scheme as of 18 February 2022 will have been processed.

As of 18 February 2022, over 110,000 applications have been received; many of which are found to be incomplete or duplications. We do not record metrics for the processing times of applications, and any number of factors can affect how long it takes for an applicant to progress through each stage of the process. For example: their location, access to IT, employment history verification, security checks, or family circumstances.

We continue to devote significant resources to this task; a dedicated team of caseworkers work seven days a week to process pending applications. To date, their efforts have resulted in the relocation to the UK of over 8,000 eligible applicants and dependants.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
18th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, in which month were the applications to the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy scheme being processed as of 18 February 2022 submitted.

As of 18 February 2022, over 110,000 applications have been received; many of which are found to be incomplete or duplications. We do not record metrics for the processing times of applications, and any number of factors can affect how long it takes for an applicant to progress through each stage of the process. For example: their location, access to IT, employment history verification, security checks, or family circumstances.

We continue to devote significant resources to this task; a dedicated team of caseworkers work seven days a week to process pending applications. To date, their efforts have resulted in the relocation to the UK of over 8,000 eligible applicants and dependants.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
18th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what work has been undertaken on an application to the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy for that application to be categorised as (a) pending, (b) in progress, (c) processed and (d) complete.

Applications that have been received but are pending a decision on eligibility are regarded as 'pending'.

Applications assessed as eligible and undergoing the casework processes necessary to facilitate relocation to the UK are regarded as 'in progress'.

Applications that have concluded the casework process are cleared for relocation but are awaiting relocation are regarded as 'processed'.

Applications where the principal applicant and any dependants have arrived in the UK and been passed into the care of the Home Office are regarded as 'complete'.

As at 22 February the Afghan Relocation & Assistance Policy (ARAP) scheme has received in excess of 110,000 applications. To meet this unprecedented challenge a dedicated team of caseworkers are working 7 days a week to process these applications.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
18th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether applications to the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy scheme are decided strictly in the order in which they were submitted.

As at 22nd February over 110,000 applications have been received to the Afghan Relocation & Assistance Policy (ARAP) scheme and a dedicated team of caseworkers are working 7 days a week to process these applications. Routinely, applications are progressed in the order they have been received. In some cases, further information has to be requested from the applicant, and subject to that being received (and when) this may have implications for when decisions on the application are made. In exceptional circumstances, HMG may expedite ARAP applications. This will generally (but not exclusively) be where ARAP caseworkers become aware that there is credible evidence one or more of the following applies: there is an unusually high and imminent threat to life; the applicant requires immediate life-saving medical treatment for a medical condition unavailable in their current location; there are implications for diplomatic and international relations; or there are implications for national security.

We continue to devote significant resources to this task; and, to date our efforts have resulted in the relocation to the UK of over 8,000 ARAP principals and their dependants.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
7th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans she has to allow Afghan refugees given Indefinite Leave to Remain under the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy, to join the armed forces in the UK.

Individuals with Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK have no immigration restrictions on their employment however, as per s.340 of the Armed Forces Act 2006 the right to enlist in the UK Armed Forces is restricted to British or Commonwealth citizens, or either sole or dual nationals of the Republic of Ireland. The only exception to this legislation is the special and unique arrangement permitting Nepalese citizens to enlist in the Brigade of Gurkhas.

Afghans relocated under the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy, and any other migrants to the UK would be eligible to enlist in the UK Armed Forces once they had applied for and obtained British nationality.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
9th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much public money has been spent in support of soldiers going through inquest or criminal proceedings in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.

It is taking time to collate the information needed to answer the hon. Member's question. I will write to him when it is available, and place a copy of my letter in the Library of the House.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
26th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department has spent on legal aid to (a) veterans and (b) serving personnel in relation to Troubles prosecutions and incidents in each of the last five years.

It is taking time to collate the information needed to answer the hon. Member's question. I will write to him when it is available, and place a copy of my letter in the Library of the House.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
14th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps the Solicitors Regulation Authority is taking to help ensure that (a) solicitors and (b) law firms are complying with sanctions imposed by the UK on Russia.

Under the framework established by the Legal Services Act 2007, the legal profession in England and Wales operates independently of the government. Regulation of legal services is independent of the professions and government.

Lawyers are subject to significant anti-money laundering responsibilities and duties, as well as strict procedures when transacting with sanctioned individuals. Those individuals are required to obtain a license from the Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation to make payments for legal services.

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has put out guidance reminding solicitors of their professional obligations and legal requirements if they represent sanctioned individuals. The SRA Code of Conduct requires all regulated law firms to have appropriate policies in place to ensure compliance with sanctions legislation, including undertaking regular and appropriate checks of sanctions lists. The SRA is stepping up spot checks, focused on those firms who may be exposed to the Russian market, and investigations to monitor and enforce compliance. It has been in touch with all solicitors and firms to remind them directly of their obligations.

Breaching the financial sanctions requirements can result in potential criminal prosecution or a fine. This is also the case where there is evidence of serious or repeated breaches of money laundering regulations. In the last four years, the SRA have prosecuted more than 60 such cases at the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal. These have resulted in a range of fines, as well as multiple solicitors having been struck off or suspended.

Legal sector regulators are also coming together rapidly to look at what can be done to further improve the enforcement of the restrictions under the current sanction and anti-money laundering regime. The SRA has also recently consulted on increasing its internal fining powers, which could increase deterrence and enable it to resolve cases more quickly.

James Cartlidge
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Ministry of Justice) (and Assistant Government Whip)
26th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much legal aid has been allocated to Northern Ireland law firms (a) KRW Law and (b) Madden and Finucane in each of the last five years.

KRW Law were offered a legal aid contract which allowed them to represent families of the victims at the inquest into the Birmingham Pub Bombings. Our thoughts are with the families of those who died during this horrific attack.

Legal aid is available for inquests in exceptional cases, which is why we funded the families throughout this inquest.

While our review of legal aid showed that legal representation is not necessary for the vast majority of inquests, we are making a number of changes to ensure there is more support for bereaved families.

Payments by the Legal Aid Agency to KRW Law during the last five years are broken down as below. Note that legal aid costs are paid in arrears, therefore payments may be made in a different year to that in which services were provided:

Year

Amount

2021

£62,892.84

2020

£91,622.03

2019

Nil

2018

Nil

2017

Nil

No legal aid has been allocated to Madden and Finucane in any of the last five years.

Chris Philp
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
22nd Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the cost was of the Saville Inquiry into Bloody Sunday; and if he will provide a breakdown of the costs.

The total cost of the Bloody Sunday Inquiry to the end of May 2010 is £191.2 million. These are the publicly available figures that were published following the completion of the inquiry and publication of the report in 2010.

Conor Burns
Minister of State (Northern Ireland Office)
22nd Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what (a) meetings, (b) discussions, (c) correspondence and (d) other communications took place between Baron Saville of Newdigate and former Prime Minister Blair (i) before and (ii) during the existence of the Saville Inquiry into Bloody Sunday.

The information requested is not held centrally and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

Conor Burns
Minister of State (Northern Ireland Office)
9th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether money has been disbursed from the public purse to Madden and Finucane Solicitors for any purpose in each of the last five years.

The UK Government does not hold this information as Justice and legal aid is devolved in Northern Ireland. The Legal Services Agency, an executive agency sponsored by the Northern Ireland Department of Justice, administers the provision of legal aid in Northern Ireland. The total payments made from the legal aid fund to barristers and solicitors' practices have not been published since 2015.

Robin Walker
Minister of State (Education)