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Mr. John Burnett (Torridge and West Devon): I hope that the review will consider the huge extension of conditional fee agreements. For the first time, lawyers have a big interest in the outcome of litigation.

Malcolm Wicks: We seek evidence from all those with an interest in this matter. We will review all factors that have led to the present situation.

I do not want to draw conclusions on any of these issues now. We have established the review to undertake that task, and Ministers will look hard at its findings when it reports next spring. In the final analysis, the single most sustainable approach is one based on good health and safety. The more effectively employers manage health and safety the fewer claims there will be. That has to be the best outcome for all concerned.

Question put and agreed to.



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