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House of Commons

 
 

Thursday 12 December 2013

 

Public Bill Committee Proceedings

 

Mesothelioma Bill [Lords]


 

[Third and Fourth SITTINGs]


 

Stephen Phillips

 

Withdrawn  22

 

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

 

in such manner as the scheme shall direct’.

 

Clause Agreed to.

 


 

Stephen Phillips

 

Withdrawn  23

 

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

 

strict rules of evidence.’.

 

Clause Agreed to.

 


 

Stephen Phillips

 

Withdrawn  24

 

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

 

who took the original decision’.

 

Stephen Phillips

 

Not moved  25

 

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—


 
 

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Mesothelioma Bill-[Lords], continued

 
 

(i)    

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

 

(ii)    

the Court of Session in Scotland.’.

 

Clause Agreed to.

 


 

Stephen Phillips

 

Withdrawn  26

 

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

 

Clause Agreed to.

 

Clause 8 Agreed to.

 


 

Stephen Phillips

 

Withdrawn  27

 

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

 

Stephen Phillips

 

Not moved  28

 

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.’.

 

Clause Agreed to.

 


 

Stephen Phillips

 

Withdrawn  29

 

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

 

Stephen Phillips

 

Not moved  30

 

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

 

Withdrawn  31

 

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’.


 
 

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Mesothelioma Bill-[Lords], continued

 
 

Kate Green

 

Chris Bryant

 

Withdrawn  10

 

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

 

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

 

pursuant to the Fatal Accidents Act 1976.’.

 

Clause Agreed to.

 


 

Stephen Phillips

 

Negatived on division  32

 

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).’.

 

Clause Agreed to.

 

Schedule 1 Agreed to.

 


 

Stephen Phillips

 

Withdrawn  33

 

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

 

Clause Agreed to.

 

Schedule 2 Agreed to.

 



 
 

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Mesothelioma Bill-[Lords], continued

 
 

Stephen Phillips

 

Nick de Bois

 

Chris Heaton-Harris

 

Mr Michael Thornton

 

Withdrawn  34

 

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

 

Stephen Phillips

 

Nick de Bois

 

Chris Heaton-Harris

 

Mr Michael Thornton

 

Withdrawn  35

 

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

 

ensure that’.

 

Stephen Phillips

 

Nick de Bois

 

Chris Heaton-Harris

 

Mr Michael Thornton

 

Not moved  36

 

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

 

Paul Goggins

 

Not moved  56

 

Clause  13,  page  7,  line  10,  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

The regulations mentioned in subsection (1) must provide for the levy to include

 

a research supplement in accordance with section [Research supplement] (in

 

addition to the amounts set for the purpose specified in subsection (1)).’.

 

Paul Goggins

 

Not moved  57

 

Clause  13,  page  7,  line  11,  after ‘levy’, insert ‘(not including the research

 

supplement)’.

 

Paul Goggins

 

Not moved  58

 

Clause  13,  page  7,  line  16,  after ‘levy’, insert ‘(not including the research

 

supplement)’.

 

Paul Goggins

 

Not moved  59

 

Clause  13,  page  7,  line  18,  after ‘levy’, insert ‘(not including the research

 

supplement)’.

 

Stephen Phillips

 

Nick de Bois

 

Chris Heaton-Harris

 

Mr Michael Thornton

 

Not moved  37

 

Clause  13,  page  7,  line  23,  after ‘insurers’, insert ‘and reinsurers’.


 
 

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Mesothelioma Bill-[Lords], continued

 
 

Stephen Phillips

 

Nick de Bois

 

Chris Heaton-Harris

 

Mr Michael Thornton

 

Not moved  38

 

Clause  13,  page  7,  line  28,  after ‘insurers’, insert ‘and reinsurers’.

 

Stephen Phillips

 

Nick de Bois

 

Chris Heaton-Harris

 

Mr Michael Thornton

 

Not moved  39

 

Clause  13,  page  7,  line  40,  leave out ‘with whom to make arrangements’.

 

Stephen Phillips

 

Nick de Bois

 

Chris Heaton-Harris

 

Mr Michael Thornton

 

Not moved  40

 

Clause  13,  page  8,  line  5,  at end add “‘reinsurer” means a person who, at any time

 

during the reference period, was a person offering reinsurance to active insurers or their

 

reinsurers in respect of employers’ liability insurance and includes retrocessionaires.’.

 

Clause Agreed to.

 


 

Stephen Phillips

 

Nick de Bois

 

Chris Heaton-Harris

 

Mr Michael Thornton

 

Not moved  41

 

Clause  14,  page  8,  line  7,  after ‘insurer’, insert ‘or reinsurer’.

 

Stephen Phillips

 

Nick de Bois

 

Chris Heaton-Harris

 

Mr Michael Thornton

 

Not moved  42

 

Clause  14,  page  8,  line  10,  after ‘insurer’, insert ‘or reinsurer’.

 

Stephen Phillips

 

Nick de Bois

 

Chris Heaton-Harris

 

Mr Michael Thornton

 

Not moved  43

 

Clause  14,  page  8,  line  12,  after ‘insurer’, insert ‘or reinsurer’.

 

Stephen Phillips

 

Nick de Bois

 

Chris Heaton-Harris

 

Mr Michael Thornton

 

Not moved  44

 

Clause  14,  page  8,  line  13,  after ‘insurer’, insert ‘or reinsurer’.


 
 

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Mesothelioma Bill-[Lords], continued

 
 

Stephen Phillips

 

Nick de Bois

 

Chris Heaton-Harris

 

Mr Michael Thornton

 

Not moved  45

 

Clause  14,  page  8,  line  14,  after ‘insurer’, insert ‘or reinsurer’.

 

Stephen Phillips

 

Nick de Bois

 

Chris Heaton-Harris

 

Mr Michael Thornton

 

Not moved  46

 

Clause  14,  page  8,  line  18,  after subsection (4) add—

 

‘(5)    

In this section—

 

(a)    

“active insurer” means a person who, at any time during the reference

 

period, was an authorised insurer within the meaning of the compulsory

 

insurance legislation, and

 

(b)    

“reinsurer” means a person who, at any time during the reference period,

 

was a person offering reinsurance to active insurers or their reinsurers in

 

respect of employers’ liability insurance and includes retrocessionaires.’.

 

Clause Agreed to.

 


 

Mr Nicholas Brown

 

Withdrawn  68

 

Clause  15,  page  8,  line  22,  after ‘which’, insert ‘must have a membership including

 

representatives of the insurers, the potential insurance claimaints and employers, and’.

 

Stephen Phillips

 

Withdrawn  47

 

Clause  15,  page  8,  line  32,  after ‘court’, insert ‘or which is an issue in proceedings

 

which are before a court’.

 

Mr Nicholas Brown

 

Not moved  69

 

Clause  15,  page  8,  line  40,  at end insert ‘which must include at least one

 

representative of each of the parties mentioned in subsection (1).’.

 

Clause Agreed to.

 


 

Stephen Phillips

 

Withdrawn  48

 

Clause  16,  page  9,  line  18,  after ‘arbitration’, insert ‘or to the relevant court’.

 

Stephen Phillips

 

Not moved  49

 

Clause  16,  page  9,  line  30,  at end add—


 
 

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Mesothelioma Bill-[Lords], continued

 
 

‘(6)    

In this section “the relevant court” means—

 

(a)    

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

 

(b)    

the Court of Session in Scotland.’.

 

Clause Agreed to.

 


 

Stephen Phillips

 

Withdrawn  50

 

Clause  17,  page  9,  line  35,  leave out ‘(the scheme)’.

 

Clause Agreed to.

 


 

Stephen Phillips

 

Withdrawn  51

 

Clause  18,  page  10,  line  5,  after ‘scheme’, insert—

 

“‘applicant” means a person applying for a payment under the scheme.’.

 

Stephen Phillips

 

Not moved  52

 

Clause  18,  page  10,  line  32,  after second ‘Scheme’, insert ‘established in

 

accordance with section 1;’.

 

Kate Green

 

Chris Bryant

 

Not moved  11

 

Clause  18,  page  10,  line  45,  leave out subsection (3) and insert—

 

‘(3)    

In specifying circumstances in which a person is, or is not to be treated as, eligible

 

to bring an action for the purposes of section 2(1)(d), or section 3(1)(c), the

 

scheme shall ensure consistency with the definition of eligibility in section 2 and

 

section 3.’.

 

Clause Agreed to.

 

Clauses 19 and 20 Agreed to.

 


 

Stephen Phillips

 

Withdrawn  53

 

Clause  21,  page  11,  line  19,  leave out ‘Mesothelioma Act 2013’ and insert ‘Diffuse

 

Mesothelioma Payment Scheme Act 2013’.

 

Mike Penning

 

Agreed to  1

 

Clause  21,  page  11,  line  20,  leave out subsection (2).


 
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