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Clause 3 — Regulations about claims procedure

Part of Riot Compensation Bill – in the House of Commons at 10:00 am on 5th February 2016.

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Photo of David Nuttall David Nuttall Conservative, Bury North 10:00 am, 5th February 2016

I rise to support amendments 1, 2 and 3, which my hon. Friend Mike Wood has tabled. It is encouraging that he took the opportunity afforded to him in Committee to listen to the representations made to him by others and tabled these amendments for consideration this morning. They are relatively modest but important amendments. It is important that the Bill should set out clearly the time period within which claims should be made, as amendment 1 provides, so that there is no confusion and it is not left up to others to make such a determination by way of regulation. It is for the House to decide that claims must be brought within 42 days and further evidence provided within 90 days after that.

I particularly support the intention behind amendment 2. It seems perfectly reasonable that where someone’s home is rendered uninhabitable as a result of a riot, the costs of their moving into alternative accommodation should be taken into account. I am grateful to my hon. Friend for tabling amendment 2 and the consequential amendment, amendment 3.