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House of Commons

 
 

Tuesday 11 September 2018

 

Public Bill Committee Proceedings

 

Civil Liability Bill [Lords]


 

[First and Second Sittings]


 

Glossary

 

This document shows the fate of each clause, schedule, amendment and new clause.

 

The following terms are used:

 

Agreed to: agreed without a vote.

 

Agreed to on division: agreed following a vote.

 

Negatived: rejected without a vote.

 

Negatived on division: rejected following a vote.

 

Not called: debated in a group of amendments, but not put to a decision.

 

Not moved: not debated or put to a decision.

 

Question proposed: debate underway but not concluded.

 

Withdrawn after debate: moved and debated but then withdrawn, so not put to a decision.

 

Not selected: not chosen for debate by the Chair.

 

 

Rory Stewart

 

Agreed to

 

That—

 

(1)  

the Committee shall (in addition to its first meeting at 9.25 am on Tuesday 11

 

September) meet—

 

(a)  

at 2.00 pm on Tuesday 11 September;

 

(b)  

at 11.30 am and 2.00 pm on Thursday 13 September;

 

(c)  

at 4.30 pm and 7.00 pm on Tuesday 9 October;

 

(2)  

the proceedings shall be taken in the following order: Clauses 1 to 10; new

 

Clauses; new Schedules; Clauses 11 to 14; remaining proceedings on the Bill;

 

(3)  

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

 

conclusion at 10.00 pm on Tuesday 9 October.

 



 
 

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Civil Liability Bill-[Lords], continued

 
 

Rory Stewart

 

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

 

Committee shall be reported to the House for publication.

 

Agreed to

 


 

Richard Burgon

 

Gloria De Piero

 

Imran Hussain

 

Yasmin Qureshi

 

Lloyd Russell-Moyle

 

Negatived on division  8

 

Page  1,  line  4,  leave out Clause 1 and insert—

 

         

“Definition of whiplash injury

 

(1)    

In this Part “whiplash injury” means an injury, or set of injuries, of soft tissue in

 

the neck, back or shoulder that is of a description specified by the Chief Medical

 

Officer of the Department of Health.

 

(2)    

For the purposes of this Part a person suffers a whiplash injury because of driver

 

negligence if—

 

(a)    

when the person suffers the injury, the person—

 

(i)    

is using a motor vehicle other than a motor cycle on a road or

 

other public place in England or Wales, or

 

(ii)    

is being carried in or on a motor vehicle other than a motor cycle

 

while another uses the vehicle on a road or other public place in

 

England or Wales,

 

(b)    

the injury is caused—

 

(i)    

by the negligence of one or more other persons, or

 

(ii)    

partly by the negligence of one or more other persons and partly

 

by the negligence of the person who suffers the injury, and

 

(c)    

where the negligence of the other person or persons consists in an act or

 

acts done by the person or persons while using a motor vehicle on a road

 

or other public place in England or Wales.

 

(3)    

The fact that the act or acts constituting the negligence of the other person or

 

persons is or are also sufficient to establish another cause of action does not

 

prevent subsection (2)(b) being satisfied.

 

(4)    

For the purposes of this section references to a person being carried in or on a

 

vehicle include references to a person entering or getting on to, or alighting from,

 

the vehicle.

 

(5)    

In this section—

 

“act” includes omission;

 

“motor cycle” has the meaning given by section 185(1) of the Road Traffic

 

Act 1988;

 

“motor vehicle” means a mechanically propelled vehicle intended or

 

adapted for use on roads;

 

“road” means a highway or other road to which the public has access, and

 

includes bridges over which a road passes.”


 
 

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Civil Liability Bill-[Lords], continued

 
 

Richard Burgon

 

Gloria De Piero

 

Imran Hussain

 

Yasmin Qureshi

 

Lloyd Russell-Moyle

 

Negatived on division  9

 

Clause  1,  page  2,  line  3,  at end insert—

 

“(iii)    

unless in respect of 4(a)(i) or (ii) the person is in a motor vehicle

 

during the course of their employment, in which case Clause 1

 

shall not apply.”

 

Clause Agreed to on division.

 


 

Clause 2 Agreed to.

 

Richard Burgon

 

Gloria De Piero

 

Imran Hussain

 

Yasmin Qureshi

 

Lloyd Russell-Moyle

 

Withdrawn after debate  10

 

Clause  3,  page  3,  line  21,  leave out “two years” and insert “twelve months”

 

Richard Burgon

 

Gloria De Piero

 

Imran Hussain

 

Yasmin Qureshi

 

Lloyd Russell-Moyle

 

Not called  11

 

Clause  3,  page  3,  line  22,  leave out “two years” and insert “twelve months”

 

Richard Burgon

 

Gloria De Piero

 

Imran Hussain

 

Yasmin Qureshi

 

Lloyd Russell-Moyle

 

Negatived on division  12

 

Clause  3,  page  3,  line  26,  leave out from “amount” to end of line 5 on page 4 and

 

insert “determined in accordance with the 14th edition of the Judicial College Guidelines

 

for the Assessment of General Damages in Personal Injury Cases or any subsequent

 

revision to these guidelines.”

 

Richard Burgon

 

Gloria De Piero

 

Imran Hussain

 

Yasmin Qureshi

 

Lloyd Russell-Moyle

 

Negatived on division  13

 

Clause  3,  page  3,  line  33,  leave out subsections (3) to (7)


 
 

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Civil Liability Bill-[Lords], continued

 
 

Richard Burgon

 

Gloria De Piero

 

Imran Hussain

 

Yasmin Qureshi

 

Lloyd Russell-Moyle

 

Negatived on division  14

 

Clause  3,  page  4,  line  7,  leave out “to which regulations under this section apply”

 

Richard Burgon

 

Gloria De Piero

 

Imran Hussain

 

Yasmin Qureshi

 

Lloyd Russell-Moyle

 

Negatived on division  15

 

Clause  3,  page  4,  line  9,  leave out “(subject to the limits imposed by regulations

 

under this section)”

 

Rory Stewart

 

Agreed to  4

 

Clause  3,  page  4,  line  17,  at end insert—

 

“( )    

The Lord Chancellor must consult the Lord Chief Justice before making

 

regulations under this section.”

 

Richard Burgon

 

Gloria De Piero

 

Imran Hussain

 

Yasmin Qureshi

 

Lloyd Russell-Moyle

 

Negatived on division  16

 

Clause  3,  page  4,  line  18,  leave out subsection (11)

 

Richard Burgon

 

Gloria De Piero

 

Imran Hussain

 

Yasmin Qureshi

 

Lloyd Russell-Moyle

 

Not selected  1

 

Page  3,  line  14,  leave out Clause 3

 

Clause, as amended, Agreed to.

 


 

Richard Burgon

 

Gloria De Piero

 

Imran Hussain

 

Yasmin Qureshi

 

Lloyd Russell-Moyle

 

Not selected  2

 

Page  4,  line  20,  leave out Clause 4


 
 

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Civil Liability Bill-[Lords], continued

 
 

Clause Agreed to.

 


 

Richard Burgon

 

Gloria De Piero

 

Imran Hussain

 

Yasmin Qureshi

 

Lloyd Russell-Moyle

 

Negatived on division  18

 

Page  4,  line  30,  leave out Clause 5 and insert—

 

         

“Power of court to uplift the amount of damages payable

 

(1)    

A court may—

 

(a)    

determine that the amount of damages payable for pain, suffering and

 

loss of amenity in respect of a whiplash injury or a minor psychological

 

injury is an amount greater than the tariff amount relating to that injury;

 

(b)    

determine that the amount of damages payable for pain, suffering and

 

loss of amenity in respect of a whiplash injury and one or more minor

 

psychological injuries, taken together, is an amount greater than the tariff

 

amount relating to those injuries;

 

(c)    

in a case where the court considers the combined effect of—

 

(i)    

an injury or injuries in respect of which a tariff amount is

 

specified by regulations under section 3(2) or (4), and

 

(ii)    

one or more other injuries, determine that an amount greater than

 

the tariff amount is to be taken into account when deciding the

 

amount of damages payable for pain, suffering and loss of

 

amenity in respect of those injuries.

 

(2)    

In this section “tariff amount” means—

 

(a)    

in relation to a whiplash injury, the amount specified in respect of the

 

injury by regulations under section 3(2);

 

(b)    

in relation to a whiplash injury and one or more minor psychological

 

injuries, the amount specified in respect of the injuries by regulations

 

under section 3(4).”

 

Richard Burgon

 

Gloria De Piero

 

Imran Hussain

 

Yasmin Qureshi

 

Lloyd Russell-Moyle

 

Not selected  3

 

Page  4,  line  30,  leave out Clause 5

 

Clause Agreed to.

 



 
 

Public Bill Committee Proceedings: 11 September 2018      

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Civil Liability Bill-[Lords], continued

 
 

Richard Burgon

 

Gloria De Piero

 

Imran Hussain

 

Yasmin Qureshi

 

Lloyd Russell-Moyle

 

Negatived on division  19

 

Clause  6,  page  5,  line  37,  after “injuries” insert “provided by an accredited medical

 

expert selected via the MedCo Portal”

 

Richard Burgon

 

Gloria De Piero

 

Imran Hussain

 

Yasmin Qureshi

 

Lloyd Russell-Moyle

 

Negatived on division  20

 

Clause  6,  page  6,  line  1,  leave out subsection (3)

 

Richard Burgon

 

Gloria De Piero

 

Imran Hussain

 

Yasmin Qureshi

 

Lloyd Russell-Moyle

 

Negatived on division  21

 

Clause  6,  page  6,  line  22,  at end insert—

 

“(7)    

In this section, the “MedCo Portal” means the website operated by Medco

 

Registration Solutions (company number 09295557) which provides a system for

 

the accreditation of medical experts.”

 

Clause Agreed to.

 


 

Clause 7 Agreed to.

 

Richard Burgon

 

Gloria De Piero

 

Imran Hussain

 

Yasmin Qureshi

 

Lloyd Russell-Moyle

 

Negatived on division  17

 

Clause  8,  page  7,  line  15,  at end insert—

 

“(4A)    

The Treasury must, within one month of the passing of this Act, make regulations

 

specifying that the Financial Conduct Authority is to require all insurers holding

 

a licence to offer UK motor insurance to publish a report—

 

(a)    

on the loss cost savings achieved as a result of the provisions of Part 1 of

 

this Act; and

 

(b)    

how, and the extent to which, such savings have been applied to reduce

 

motor insurance premiums.

 

(4B)    

The first such report from insurers must cover the period of 12 months beginning

 

with the first day of the month immediately after the commencement of Part 1 of

 

this Act and must be sent to the Financial Conduct Authority by the end of the

 

period of 15 months beginning with the commencement of Part 1 of this Act.

 

(4C)    

The Financial Conduct Authority will require further annual reports.


 
 

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Civil Liability Bill-[Lords], continued

 
 

(4D)    

The Financial Conduct Authority, within the period of 18 months after the

 

commencement of Part 1 of this Act, must make and publish a reasoned

 

assessment of whether it is satisfied that every insurer covered by this section is

 

passing on to customers any loss cost savings made by those insurers arising from

 

Part 1 of this Act.

 

(4E)    

Regulations made under subsection (4A) must make provision for the Treasury

 

to grant powers to the Financial Conduct Authority to enforce a requirement for

 

insurers to pass on loss cost savings, achieved as a result of the provisions of Part

 

1, from insurers to consumers through a reduction in the cost of premiums if, after

 

the period of 30 months following the commencement of this section, the

 

Financial Conduct Authority advises the Treasury that such powers are

 

necessary.”

 

Clause Agreed to.

 


 

Clause 9 Agreed to.

 

Richard Burgon

 

Gloria De Piero

 

Ellie Reeves

 

Imran Hussain

 

Yasmin Qureshi

 

Lloyd Russell-Moyle

 

Negatived on division  24

 

Clause  10,  page  9,  line  20,  leave out from “SCHEDULE A1” to end of page 14,

 

and insert—

 

“Schedule A1

 

Assumed Rate Of Return On Investment Of Damages: England and Wales

 

Periodic reviews of the rate of return

 

1    (1)  

The Lord Chancellor must instruct the expert panel to review the rate of return

 

periodically in accordance with this paragraph.

 

      (2)  

The first review of the rate of return must be started within the 90 day period

 

following commencement.

 

      (3)  

Each subsequent review of the rate of return must be started within the 5 year

 

period following the last review.

 

      (4)  

It is for the Lord Chancellor to decide—

 

(a)    

when, within the 90 day period following commencement, a review

 

under sub-paragraph (2) is to be started;

 

(b)    

when, within the 5 year period following the last review, a review

 

under sub-paragraph (3) is to be started.

 

      (5)  

In this paragraph—

 

“90 day period following commencement” means the period of 90 days

 

beginning with the day on which this paragraph comes into force;

 

“5 year period following the last review” means the period of five years

 

beginning with the day on which the last review under this paragraph

 

is concluded.


 
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