There is now a proposal that the Scottish Legal Aid Board (SLAB) will now proceed to levy contributions from assisted persons for summary, criminal legally aided work. Moreover, it will be down to the solicitors themselves to collect these contributions. This is effectively a reduction of the fees which SLAB will pay to these practitioners. The collection by solicitors of contributions has previously been in place in connection with civil work and that leads to its own difficulties. It is anticipated that there will be much greater problems in the collection of contributions for criminal representation. Members are invited to add their comments with a view to taking forward the debate as to whether these proposals should be taken forward.