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Notices of Amendments

 

given up to and including

 

Friday 6 December 2013

 

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Public Bill Committee


 

Mesothelioma Bill [Lords]


 

Note

 

The amendments have been arranged in accordance with the Resolution of the

 

Programming Sub-Committee [5 December 2013].

 


 

Resolution of the Programming Sub-Committee

 

The Programming Sub-Committee appointed by the Speaker in respect of the Bill

 

agreed the following Resolution at its meeting on Thursday 5 December (Standing Order

 

No. 83C):

 

That—

 

(1)  

the Committee shall (in addition to its first meeting at 8.55 am on Tuesday 10

 

December) meet—

 

(a)  

at 2.00 pm on Tuesday 10 December;

 

(b)  

at 11.30 am and 2.00 pm on Thursday 12 December;

 

(c)  

at 8.55 am and 2.00 pm on Tuesday 17 December;

 

(2)  

the proceedings shall be taken in the following order: Clauses 1 to 11;

 

Schedule 1; Clause 12; Schedule 2; Clauses 13 to 21; new Clauses; new

 

Schedules; remaining proceedings on the Bill; and

 

(3)  

the proceedings shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a

 

conclusion at 5.00 pm on Tuesday 17 December.


 
 

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Mesothelioma Bill-[Lords], continued

 
 

Mike Penning has given notice of his intention to move a motion in the terms of the

 

Resolution of the Programming Sub-Committee [Standing Order No. 83C].

 


 

Mike Penning

 

That, subject to the discretion of the Chair, any written evidence received by the

 

Committee shall be reported to the House for publication.

 


 

Stephen Phillips

 

13

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  3,  leave out ‘may’ and insert ‘must’.

 

Mr Nicholas Brown

 

60

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  4,  after ‘Mesothelioma’, insert ‘Pleural Plaques’.

 

Paul Goggins

 

55

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  6,  at end insert ‘; and for funding research into mesothelioma

 

(through the research supplement under section [Research supplement]).’.

 

Mr Nicholas Brown

 

61

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  6,  at end add ‘and

 

(c)    

people with pleural plaques.’.

 


 

Mr Nicholas Brown

 

62

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  2,  page  1,  line  15,  leave out ‘25 July 2012’ and insert ‘4 April 1979’.

 

Kate Green

 

Chris Bryant

 

Mr Nicholas Brown

 

2

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  2,  page  1,  line  15,  leave out ‘25 July 2012’ and insert ‘10 February 2010’.

 

Kate Green

 

Chris Bryant

 

3

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  2,  page  2,  line  4,  leave out ‘and is not eligible to receive a specified

 

payment’.


 
 

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Mesothelioma Bill-[Lords], continued

 
 

Kate Green

 

Chris Bryant

 

4

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  2,  page  2,  line  4,  after subsection (e) insert—

 

‘(f)    

save as provided in (g) below, the application is made within three years

 

of being first diagnosed, and

 

(g)    

for those persons first diagnosed on or after 25 July 2012, but before this

 

Act comes into force, the three year time limit in section 2(1)(f) shall

 

commence on the date this Act is brought into force.’.

 

Stephen Phillips

 

14

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  2,  page  2,  line  6,  at end insert “‘insurer” includes any entity which has

 

succeeded to the liabilities of the insurer with whom a relevant employer maintained

 

employers’ liability insurance at the time of a person’s exposure to asbestos;’.

 

Stephen Phillips

 

15

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  2,  page  2,  line  15,  at end insert ‘and includes a successor in title to any such

 

employer’.

 


 

Kate Green

 

Chris Bryant

 

5

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  35,  after subsection (d) insert—

 

‘(e)    

save as provided in (f) below, the application is made within three years

 

of the death of the person with the disease, and

 

(f)    

for those persons who died on or after 25 July 2012, but before this Act

 

comes into force, the three year time limit in section 3(1)(e) shall

 

commence on the date this Act is brought into force.’.

 

Stephen Phillips

 

16

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  39,  leave out ‘assume’ and insert ‘it is to be assumed’.

 

Kate Green

 

Chris Bryant

 

Mr Nicholas Brown

 

6

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  44,  leave out ‘25 July 2012’ and insert ‘10 February 2010’.

 

Mr Nicholas Brown

 

64

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  44,  leave out ‘25 July 2012’ and insert ‘4 April 1979’.

 

Stephen Phillips

 

17

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  45,  leave out ‘assume’ and insert ‘it is to be assumed’.


 
 

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Mesothelioma Bill-[Lords], continued

 
 

Stephen Phillips

 

18

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  48,  at end insert “‘insurer” includes any entity which has

 

succeeded to the liabilities of the insurer with whom a relevant employer maintained

 

employers’ liability insurance at the time of a person’s exposure to asbestos;’.

 

Stephen Phillips

 

19

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  48,  at end insert—

 

“‘relevant employer” means an employer who, at the time of the person’s

 

exposure to asbestos—

 

(a)    

was required by the compulsory insurance legislation to maintain

 

insurance covering any liability arising because of the exposure

 

to asbestos, or

 

(b)    

would have been required by the compulsory insurance

 

legislation to maintain insurance covering any liability arising

 

because of the exposure to asbestos if the legislation had been in

 

force at that time; and

 

(c)    

includes a successor in title to any such employer.’.

 


 

Kate Green

 

Chris Bryant

 

7

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  4,  page  3,  line  4,  at end insert ‘but shall not be less than 90 per cent of the

 

average civil compensation recovered by mesothelioma claimants.’.

 

Kate Green

 

Chris Bryant

 

8

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  4,  page  3,  line  4,  at end insert ‘and shall be met by a levy on insurers of not

 

less than 3 per cent of Gross Written Premium during any given period’.

 

Kate Green

 

Chris Bryant

 

9

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  4,  page  3,  line  4,  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

The Secretary of State shall provide for there to be an annual independent

 

assessment of the average amount of civil compensation recovered by

 

mesothelioma claimants, and of payments made under the scheme, and for there

 

to be a report thereon laid before each House of Parliament.’.

 

Ian Lavery

 

12

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  4,  page  3,  line  4,  at end insert ‘but shall not be less than 100 per cent. of the

 

average civil compensation recovered by mesothelioma claimants.’.

 

Mr Nicholas Brown

 

66

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  4,  page  3,  line  4,  at end insert ‘but shall not be less than 100 per cent of the

 

average damages recovered in civil mesothelioma cases.’.


 
 

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Mesothelioma Bill-[Lords], continued

 
 

Mr Nicholas Brown

 

67

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  4,  page  3,  line  4,  at end insert ‘but shall not be less than 110 per cent of the

 

average damages recovered in civil mesothelioma cases.’.

 

Stephen Phillips

 

20

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  4,  page  3,  line  5,  at end insert ‘but shall not be less than the average

 

damages which a person diagnosed with diffuse mesothelioma would recover against a

 

relevant employer who had negligently or in breach of statutory duty caused or permitted

 

that person to be exposed to asbestos.’.

 

Stephen Phillips

 

22

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  4,  page  3,  line  10,  leave out from ‘dependant’ to end and add ‘apportioned

 

in such manner as the scheme shall direct’.

 


 

Stephen Phillips

 

21

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  5,  page  3,  line  5,  at end insert ‘but shall not be less than 80 per cent. of the

 

average damages which a person diagnosed with diffuse mesothelioma would recover

 

against a relevant employer who had negligently or in breach of statutory duty caused or

 

permitted that person to be exposed to asbestos.’.

 

Stephen Phillips

 

23

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  5,  page  3,  line  30,  after ‘evidence’, insert ‘including the disapplication of

 

strict rules of evidence.’.

 


 

Stephen Phillips

 

24

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  6,  page  3,  line  36,  after ‘scheme’, insert ‘by a person other than the person

 

who took the original decision’.

 

Stephen Phillips

 

25

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  6,  page  4,  line  5,  at end add—

 

‘(5)    

An appeal from the decision of the First-tier Tribunal shall lie to the relevant

 

court, but only with the permission of that court and rules of court may be made

 

accordingly.

 

(6)    

In this section—

 

(a)    

“First-tier Tribunal” shall mean the tribunal established by the scheme to

 

hear appeals against a decision taken on review;

 

(b)    

“the relevant court” means—

 

(i)    

the High Court in England and Wales or Northern Ireland, or


 
 

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Mesothelioma Bill-[Lords], continued

 
 

(ii)    

the Court of Session in Scotland.’.

 


 

Stephen Phillips

 

26

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  7,  page  4,  line  28,  leave out subsection (6).

 


 

Stephen Phillips

 

27

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  9,  page  5,  line  41,  after ‘director’, insert ‘(a)’.

 

Stephen Phillips

 

28

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  9,  page  5,  line  42,  after ‘corporate;’, insert—

 

‘(b)    

in relation to a body corporate established by the Secretary of State under

 

section 7(3), means any person exercising the functions of a director; and

 

(c)    

includes a shadow director within the meaning of section 251 of the

 

Companies Act 2006.’.

 


 

Stephen Phillips

 

29

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  10,  page  6,  line  16,  after ‘proceedings’, insert ‘in the name of that person’.

 

Stephen Phillips

 

30

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  10,  page  6,  line  16,  after ‘help’, insert ‘including indemnities against

 

adverse orders for the costs of any proceedings or any application made therein’.

 

Stephen Phillips

 

31

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  10,  page  6,  line  25,  after paragraph (2)(b) insert—

 

‘( )    

any proceedings before the Technical Committee established under section 15

 

and any reference to arbitration arising as a result of the decision of the Technical

 

Committee, or’.

 

Kate Green

 

Chris Bryant

 

10

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  10,  page  6,  line  34,  at end insert—

 

‘(6)    

In any relevant proceedings, whether brought with the assistance of the scheme

 

administrator or not, the court shall, at the request of the person with

 

mesothelioma, assess claimed damages as if the person with mesothelioma had


 
 

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Mesothelioma Bill-[Lords], continued

 
 

already died and the court were assessing damages, including for bereavement,

 

pursuant to the Fatal Accidents Act 1976.’.

 


 

Stephen Phillips

 

32

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  11,  page  6,  line  40,  at end add—

 

            

‘But nothing in Schedule 1 shall be construed—

 

(a)    

as permitting the recovery of any benefits, other sums or scheme

 

payments unless and until an eligible person or an eligible dependent

 

has been made whole;

 

(b)    

as permitting the recovery of any benefits, other sums or scheme

 

payments such that an eligible person or an eligible dependent would

 

not be made whole.’.

 

            

For the purposes of this section, an eligible person or an eligible dependent has

 

been made whole when, by means of benefits, other sums, scheme payments

 

or compensation, that person or dependent has received an amount equivalent

 

to the average damages which a person diagnosed with diffuse mesothelioma

 

would recover against a relevant employer who had negligently or in breach of

 

statutory duty caused or permitted that person to be exposed to asbestos (or, in

 

the case of more than one eligible dependent, the relevant proportion thereof

 

determined in accordance with the scheme).’.

 


 

Stephen Phillips

 

33

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  12,  page  7,  line  3,  leave out ‘an’ and insert ‘a successful’.

 


 

Stephen Phillips

 

34

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  13,  page  7,  line  8,  after ‘insurers’, insert ‘and reinsurers’.

 

Stephen Phillips

 

35

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  13,  page  7,  line  9,  leave out ‘with a view to meeting’ and insert ‘so as to

 

ensure that’.

 

Stephen Phillips

 

36

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  13,  page  7,  line  10,  after ‘Scheme’, insert ‘are met’.


 
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