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House of Commons

 
 

Tuesday 27th June 2006

 

Standing Committee Proceedings

 

Standing Committee E

 

Compensation Bill [Lords]


 

[Fourth Sitting]


 

Mr Oliver Heald

 

Angela Watkinson

 

Mr Philip Hollobone

 

Negatived on division  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.’.

 

Clause Agreed to.

 


 

Simon Hughes

 

Withdrawn  31

 

Clause  6,  page  4,  line  28,  leave out subsection (3).

 

Clause Agreed to.

 

Clauses 7 and 8 Agreed to.

 


 

Mr Oliver Heald

 

Angela Watkinson

 

Mr Philip Hollobone

 

Not moved  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.’.


 
 

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Mr Oliver Heald

 

Angela Watkinson

 

Mr Philip Hollobone

 

Simon Hughes

 

Not called  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

 

Mr Philip Hollobone

 

Not called  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.’.

 

Schedule Agreed to.

 

Clause 9 Agreed to.

 


 

Simon Hughes

 

Not called  32

 

Clause  10,  page  6,  line  24,  leave out subsection (6).

 

Clause Agreed to.

 


 

Simon Hughes

 

Not selected  33

 

Clause  11,  page  6,  leave out line 31.

 

Simon Hughes

 

Not selected  34

 

Clause  11,  page  6,  line  32,  leave out ‘also’.

 

Simon Hughes

 

Not selected  35

 

Clause  11,  page  6,  line  34,  leave out ‘also’.

 

Simon Hughes

 

Not selected  36

 

Clause  11,  page  6,  line  37,  leave out ‘also’.

 

Simon Hughes

 

Not selected  37

 

Clause  11,  page  6,  line  40,  leave out ‘also’.


 
 

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Clause Agreed to.

 

Clauses 12 and 13 Agreed to.

 


 

Simon Hughes

 

Withdrawn  38

 

Clause  14,  page  9,  line  9,  leave out from ‘section 5’ to end of line 10 and insert

 

‘may not be made unless a draft has been laid before, and approved by resolution of, each

 

House of Parliament.’.

 

Clause Agreed to.

 


 

Simon Hughes

 

Negatived  39

 

Clause  15,  page  9,  line  17,  at end insert—

 

‘(1A)    

The preceding provisions of this Act, other than sections 1 and 2, shall cease to

 

have effect on 1st January 2012 or upon the entry into force of the Legal Services

 

Act 2007, whichever is the earlier.’.

 

Clause Agreed to.

 

Clause 16 Agreed to.

 


 

Bridget Prentice

 

Agreed to  12

 

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

 

Clause, as amended, Agreed to.

 


 

New ClauseS

 

Contributory negligence

 

Mr Oliver Heald

 

Angela Watkinson

 

Mr Philip Hollobone

 

Not selected  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


 
 

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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

 

Mr Philip Hollobone

 

Not called  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.’.

 


 

Compensation for coalminers

 

John Mann

 

Mr Kevan Jones

 

Not called  nc3

 

To move the following Clause:—


 
 

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‘(1)    

Where costs have been paid by the Government under the schedules of any

 

prescribed claims handling agreement, any additional monies levied from

 

individual claimants shall be repaid immediately by the receiving agent to the

 

claimant.

 

(2)    

For the purposes of this section—

 

“claims handling agreement” means—

 

(a)    

the 1999 agreement between the Union of Democratic Mineworkers

 

(UDM) and the Government on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease,

 

(b)    

the 1999 agrement between Vendside Ltd and the Government on

 

vibration white finger, and

 

(c)    

the 1999 agreements on vibration white finger and chronic obstructive

 

pulmonary disease between the claimants’ solicitors group and the

 

Government;

 

    

“additional monies” includes membership fees, money in lieu of membership

 

fees, marketing fees or other related charges;

 

“receiving agent” means the solicitor or claims handler who received monies

 

from the individual claimant.’.

 

Bill, as amended, to be reported.

 


 
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