§ Mr. Speller
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will set up a fourth study team into professional liability problems to investigate how the law affects solicitors liable for professional negligence as a result of their failure to have advised correctly on the financial implications of unusual commercial leases; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Maude
No. The professions on which three fact-finding studies are under way were selected from a wide range of professions, including solicitors, whose concerns about liability are well known to the Government. The results of the current studies will enable us to make an informed decision as to how serious the problems are and whether further consideration or action is needed, both for the professions now being studied and for others.