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Personal Injury: Compensation

Volume 502: debated on Tuesday 8 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent research he has commissioned to assess changes in the distribution of payments in respect of personal injury litigation between (a) insurers, (b) solicitors, (c) claimants and (d) defendants since the 1996 Woolf Report on Access to Justice; and if he will make a statement. (301919)

Research has not been commissioned recently which assesses changes in the distribution of payments in respect of personal injury litigation.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the consequences of the introduction of a fixed costs regime in personal injury litigation with regard to road traffic accidents; and if he will make a statement. (301921)

No new research has been commissioned. However, data on current costs were made available to the representative organisations involved in the mediation process which resulted in the agreed fixed costs.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent research he has commissioned on models of funding for personal injury litigation. (303354)

I have not recently commissioned research specifically on models of funding for personal injury litigation. However, in June 2008 my Department commissioned a scoping project on ‘no win no fee’ agreements covering a number of areas including personal injury. We expect to publish the report of the scoping project shortly.