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Amendment Paper as at
Tuesday 20th June 2006

STANDING COMMITTEE E


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COMPENSATION BILL [LORDS]

NOTE

The Amendments have been arranged in accordance with the Order to be proposed by Bridget Prentice.

Bridget Prentice

To move, That the Bill be considered in the following order: Clauses 1 to 8; Schedule; Clauses 9 to 17; new Clauses; new Schedules.

   

Mr Oliver Heald
Angela Watkinson
Simon Hughes

11

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     4,     leave out 'may' and insert 'shall'.

   

Mr Oliver Heald
Angela Watkinson

1

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     4,     after 'may', insert '(as before)'.

   

Mr Oliver Heald
Angela Watkinson

2

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     5,     leave out 'particular'.

   

Simon Hughes

27

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     7,     leave out from beginning to end of line 11 and insert 'take into account the social benefit of the activity undertaken by the claimant and the effect of liability for negligence or breach of statutory duty would have in deterring other such activities of identical or similar social benefit from taking place.'.

   

Mr Oliver Heald
Angela Watkinson

8

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     8,     leave out 'desirable' and insert 'legitimate sporting, recreational, educational or other socially beneficial'.

   

Simon Hughes

28

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     8,     leave out 'desirable' and insert 'legitimate'.

   

Mr Oliver Heald
Angela Watkinson

3

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     8,     leave out 'a particular' and insert 'some'.

   

Mr Oliver Heald
Angela Watkinson

4

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     9,     leave out 'a particular' and insert 'some'.

   

Mr Oliver Heald
Angela Watkinson

5

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     10,     leave out 'functions in connection with'.

   

Mr Oliver Heald
Angela Watkinson

9

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     11,     leave out 'desirable' and insert 'legitimate sporting, recreational, educational or other socially beneficial'.

   

Simon Hughes

29

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     11,     leave out 'desirable' and insert 'legitimate'.

   

Mr Oliver Heald
Angela Watkinson
Simon Hughes

10

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     11,     at end add—

    '(2)   In determining negligence the court will have regard to—

      (a) the extent that the person undertaking the activity obeyed the instructions given by the person providing the activities, and

      (b) the influence of drugs or alcohol.'.

   

Mr Oliver Heald
Angela Watkinson

13

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     11,     at end add—

    '(2)   In considering whether an activity is a desirable activity for the purposes of this Part, the court shall have particular regard to whether the claimant—

      (a) willingly accepted a risk as his, or

      (b) entered onto land or into premises with the intention of committing an offence.

    (3)   In determining whether a risk was accepted for the purposes of paragraph 2(a) the court shall decide using the same principles as in other cases in which one person owes a duty of care to another.'.

   

Mr Oliver Heald
Angela Watkinson

14

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     11,     at end add—

    '(2)   In considering whether an activity is a desirable activity for the purposes of this Part, the court shall have regard to the age of the claimant and in particular whether the claimant is—

      (a) under 10 years of age, or

      (b) under 14 years of age but can prove that he did not have the capacity to understand the nature of his actions.'.

   

Mr Julian Brazier

26

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     11,     at end add—

      '(c) discourage persons or organisations from making land or water areas or courses available for recreational, educational or adventure training purposes.'.


   

Mr Oliver Heald
Angela Watkinson
Simon Hughes

6

Clause     2,     page     1,     line     13,     after 'offer', insert ', or provision,'.


   

Mr Oliver Heald
Angela Watkinson

15

Clause     3,     page     1,     line     18,     leave out 'regulated'.

   

Mr Oliver Heald
Angela Watkinson

16

Clause     3,     page     2,     line     7,     after 'by', insert 'the Secretary of State under the transitional provisions made under section (3) or'.

   

Mr Oliver Heald
Angela Watkinson

17

Clause     3,     page     2,     line     9,     after second 'services', insert 'offered in England or Wales'.

   

Mr Oliver Heald
Angela Watkinson

18

Clause     3,     page     2,     line     27,     after 'legal', insert 'or other'.

   

Mr Oliver Heald
Angela Watkinson

19

Clause     3,     page     2,     line     29,     after 'another', insert—

      '( ) any service for money or money's worth to persons bringing claims'.


   

Mr Oliver Heald
Angela Watkinson

20

Clause     4,     page     2,     line     40,     leave out 'may' and insert 'shall'.

   

Mr Oliver Heald
Angela Watkinson

25

Clause     4,     page     2,     line     40,     leave out 'a person' and insert 'the Financial Services Authority'.

   

Mr Oliver Heald
Angela Watkinson

21

Clause     4,     page     3,     line     18,     at end insert—

      '(d) is independent of any provider of claims management services,'.


   

Mr Oliver Heald
Angela Watkinson

7

Clause     5,     page     4,     line     13,     at end insert—

    '(4A)   The Secretary of State may not make an order under subsection (1) or (2) in relation to a trade union or other similar body.'.


   

Mr Oliver Heald
Angela Watkinson

22

Schedule,     page     12,     line     13,     at end insert—

    '(1A)   A Code of Practice issued under subsection (1) shall include details of the fees to be charged for the provision of claims management services and the notification of such fees to clients.'.

   

Mr Oliver Heald
Angela Watkinson

23

Schedule,     page     12,     line     13,     at end insert—

    '(1A)   A Code of Practice issued under subsection (1) shall include details of the advertising standards for providers of claims management services.'.

   

Mr Oliver Heald
Angela Watkinson

24

Schedule,     page     12,     line     13,     at end insert—

    '(1A)   A Code of Practice issued under subsection (1) shall include details of the standards and accounting for customers money.'.


   

Bridget Prentice

12

Clause     17,     page     9,     line     27,     leave out subsection (2).


NEW CLAUSES

Contributory negligence

   

Mr Oliver Heald
Angela Watkinson

NC1

To move the following Clause:—

    'In determining the extent to which the claimant's damages shall be reduced by reason of his contributory negligence, a court may determine a reduction of 100 per cent. if the court considers it just and equitable to do so, with the result that the claim for damages fails.'.


Public authorities

   

Mr Oliver Heald
Angela Watkinson

NC2

To move the following Clause:—

    '(1)   The following principles apply in determining whether a public or other authority has taken appropriate steps to meet the standard of care required of it—

      (a) the functions required to be exercised by the authority are limited by the financial and other resources that are reasonably available to the authority for the purpose of exercising those functions,

      (b) the general allocation of those resources by the authority is not open to challenge, and

      (c) the functions required to be exercised by the authority are to be determined by reference to the broad range of its activities (and not merely by reference to the claim in negligence being considered by the court).

    (2)   An authority may rely on evidence of its compliance with the general procedures and applicable standards for the exercise of its functions as evidence of the proper exercise of its functions in the claim being considered by the court.

    (3)   Subject to subsection (3), this section extends to any liability of the authority for breach of statutory duty.

    (4)   This section shall not apply to claims by an employee against an employer arising out of the course of his employment.

    (5)   For the purpose of this section, "public or other authority" includes—

      (a) the Crown,

      (b) Government departments,

      (c) NHS bodies,

      (d) local authorities,

      (e) any public or local authority constituted by or under an Act, or

      (f) any person having public official functions or acting in a public official capacity (whether or not employed as a public official), but only in relation to the exercise of the person's public official functions.'.


ORDER OF THE HOUSE 8th JUNE 2006]

That the following provisions shall apply to the Compensation Bill [Lords]

Committal

    1.   The Bill shall be committed to a Standing Committee.

Proceedings in Standing Committee

    2.   Proceedings in the Standing Committee shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion on Tuesday 27th June 2006.

    3.   The Standing Committee shall have leave to sit twice on the first day on which it meets.

Consideration and Third Reading

    4.   Proceedings on consideration shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion one hour before the moment of interruption on the day on which those proceedings are commenced.

    5.   Proceedings on Third Reading shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at the moment of interruption on that day.

    6.   Standing Order No. 83B (Programming committees) shall not apply to proceedings on consideration and Third Reading.

Other proceedings

    7.   Any other proceedings on the Bill (including proceedings on any message from the Lords) may be programmed.


 
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