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Small Claims

Volume 450: debated on Monday 16 October 2006

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs when she expects the work her Department has undertaken to make the small claims process more timely, proportionate and cost-effective to be finished. (92892)

A forthcoming consultation paper will consider issues relating to the case track limits and ways of improving the claim process to make it more timely, cost-effective, and proportionate. Responses to that paper will help to inform future work in this area and it is therefore not possible to provide a definite timetable for its completion at present.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what work her Department has undertaken with stakeholders to improve the small claims process. (92993)

Work to identify ways of improving the claims process is being informed by discussions with representatives of key stakeholder organisations, through a main stakeholder group, which meets every six weeks and includes representatives of the legal profession, trade unions, insurance industry and consumer organisations. We have also engaged with stakeholders via smaller ad hoc workshops and meetings.