Hit-and-Run Accidents (Compensation for Victims)

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th July 1968.

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Photo of Mr Alick Buchanan-Smith Mr Alick Buchanan-Smith , North Angus and Mearns 12:00 am, 24th July 1968

asked the Minister of Transport if he will now make a statement about the agreement with the Motor Insurers Bureau in relation to compensation for victims of hit-and-run accidents.

Mr. Bob Brown:

I regret that the hope expressed in reply to the hon. Member on 19th June has not yet been fulfilled. Progress has been made in discussions with the Bureau, and we are still hopeful that remaining points of difficulty will be resolved, but until then we are not in a position to make a statement.

Photo of Mr Alick Buchanan-Smith Mr Alick Buchanan-Smith , North Angus and Mearns

Why has there been such a delay, particularly since negotiations have been going on for more than two years? Will the hon. Gentleman give an assurance that no difficulties have arisen over the appeal procedure, which is absolutely vital to the satisfactory working of any arrangement?

Mr. Brown:

I share the hon. Gentleman's disappointment, but it takes two parties to negotiate and we cannot dictate to the Bureau. There are outstanding difficulties on points of complex detail which are too lengthy to give at the Despatch Box.

Photo of Mr Peter Walker Mr Peter Walker , Worcester

Is the Minister aware that there is very real anxiety over the delay in completing the negotiations? I recognise that there are two sides to them, but every week that passes without their being completed very real human hardship is caused.

Mr. Brown:

I recognise that, but I remind hon. Members that the Bureau is always willing to consider representations, and victims benefit greatly from present arrangements. Over £1¼ million has been paid out since 1946.