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Compensation Bill [Lords]

Volume 447: debated on Monday 12 June 2006

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will introduce new clauses and amendments to the Compensation Bill [Lords] to exempt (a) accidents occurring during the course of employment from Clause 1 of the Bill and (b) trades union legal schemes from Part 2 of the Bill; and if she will make a statement. (76000)

The Government do not intend to introduce amendments on either of these issues. In relation to (a), the factor embodied in Clause 1 may be relevant in employers' liability cases, and it would change the law to provide otherwise. In relation to (b), exemptions will be achieved by secondary legislation. Independent trade unions (certified by the certification officer) will be exempted in respect of regulated services offered to their own members.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what assessment she has made of the impact on the amount recoverable from accident victims and insurers as a consequence of the enacting of Clause 1 of the Compensation Bill [Lords] for the purposes of benefit recoupment and the recovery of NHS outlays; and if she will make a statement. (76001)

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what recent representations she has received (a) in favour and (b) against Clause 1 of the Compensation Bill [Lords]; and if she will make a statement. (76002)

A range of different organisations have published views and made representations on aspects of the Compensation Bill, including Clause 1, during passage of the Bill.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what recent discussions she has had with the legal profession on Clause 1 of the Compensation Bill; and if she will make a statement. (76003)

The Government have held discussions with a number of organisations representing the legal profession during passage of the Compensation Bill, including the Law Society, the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and the Personal Injury Bar Association.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what discussions she has had with the judiciary on Clause 1 of the Compensation Bill [Lords]; and if she will make a statement. (76004)

Informal discussions on the Bill took place with the judiciary prior to introduction, as is common practice.