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Drug Damage (Class Actions)

Volume 128: debated on Thursday 25 February 1988

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To ask the Attorney-General if he has any plans to seek changes in the law which would permit class actions in drug damage cases, and to enable victims of drug disasters to win compensation in the courts more quickly and more cheaply.

The Lord Chancellor has no immediate plans to introduce a system of class actions but he will be considering the possible scope for reform in this area of law. In the meantime, the Lord Chancellor will be moving amendments to the Legal Aid Bill which could facilitate the funding of multi-party actions; and the Civil Justice Review is considering how time and expense can be saved in personal injury litigation generally.