You cannot submit a claim for any outlay in connection with the cost of taking a precognition, the various elements of such work being clearly set out in the regulation itself. This includes travelling expenses incurred by either you or by a precognition agent in taking a precognition. This work, under the former system whilst carried out by precognition agents was marked up and charged as a fee.
You are entitled to charge mileage for a prison visit to see your client. It would not be practicable to ask you, every time you visit a client in prison, whether it was for the purpose of taking a precognition. We assume in all cases, even where you may have taken a precognition that the prime purpose of a visit to a client in prison was to advise the client and take instructions. The fee element in connection with travel is, of course, always subsumed within the fixed payments chargeable.
This provision also prevents our paying an outlay in connection with taking a precognition from a doctor or any other professional or semi-professional witness to fact who may seek to charge for giving a precognition. We cannot reimburse you for such a charge as they are clearly outlays in connection with taking a precognition.