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03 December 2018
Volume 650

Civil Liability Bill [Lords]

The following are extracts from the Report stage of the Civil Liability Bill [Lords] on 23 October 2018.

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I want to emphasise that the phrase “minor injuries” is derived from Judicial College guidelines, not from the Government or any political party. It is simply a long-standing convention to refer to injuries of under two years’ duration as minor injuries, and that relates to Sentencing Council guidelines for injuries of under two years’ duration.

[Official Report, 23 October 2018, Vol. 648, c. 216.]

Letter of correction from the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice, (Rory Stewart).

An error has been identified in a response I gave during the debate on the Report stage of the Civil Liability Bill [Lords].

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I want to emphasise that the phrase “minor injuries” is derived from Judicial College guidelines, not from the Government or any political party. It is simply a long-standing convention to refer to injuries of under two years’ duration as minor injuries, and that relates to Judicial College guidelines for injuries of under two years’ duration.

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On the arguments of the hon. Member for Hammersmith about the levels of the tariffs, we have attempted to achieve a reduction in the tariff at the lower end. For example, an individual who suffers an injury of under three months’ duration could receive damages considerably less than those in the current guidelines, but I hope that the hon. Gentleman accepts that, as we approach a duration of two years, the compensation offered begins to merge much more closely with the existing guidelines at a level of £3,600.

[Official Report, 23 October 2018, Vol. 648, c. 216.]

Letter of correction from the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice, (Rory Stewart).

An error has been identified in a response I gave during the debate on the Report stage of the Civil Liability Bill [Lords].

The correct response should have been:

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On the arguments of the hon. Member for Hammersmith about the levels of the tariffs, we have attempted to achieve a reduction in the tariff at the lower end. For example, an individual who suffers an injury of under three months’ duration could receive damages considerably less than those in the current guidelines, but I hope that the hon. Gentleman accepts that, as we approach a duration of two years, the compensation offered begins to merge much more closely with the existing guidelines at a level of £3,910.