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Statute Law: Reform

Volume 465: debated on Tuesday 23 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what response he has made to the Law Commission’s recommendations for reform of limitation periods; (159689)

(2) when he intends to publish a Bill containing provisions relating to reform of limitation periods.

In July 2002, the Government accepted the Law Commission’s recommendations to reform the law of limitation in principle, subject to further consideration of certain aspects. In January 2007, the Government announced their intention to consult in spring 2007 on the detailed content of a draft Bill to implement these recommendations.

It has not yet been possible to complete the detailed examination of the impact of the proposals. The Government will publish proposals for consultation as soon as possible after this work is complete. We expect this to be early in 2008.