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Accident Group

Volume 407: debated on Friday 20 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions she has had about safeguarding the interests of clients of the Accident Group (a) whose claims have not been resolved and (b) whose claims have been resolved but in respect of which no payment has been made. [120231]

Where claims had not been processed prior to the company entering into Administration the clients are able to instruct other parties to pursue the claim. In cases where a claim had been agreed, or legal proceedings had been successful, the solicitors acting in the matter should receive the amount of the compensation and will be able to pass this on to the client. The Administrators are not aware of any specific cases where The Accident Group is holding compensation payments.

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions she has had with the bodies investigating irregularities within the Accident Group; and if she will make a statement. [120232]

The joint Administrators of The Accident Group will in due course file a report on the conduct of the directors of the company under the provisions of the Company Directors Disqualification Act. Although officials from the Insolvency Service have had discussions with the Administrators' staff the conduct of the administration is a matter for the joint administrators and the court.