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Damages for whiplash injuries

Part of Civil Liability Bill [Lords] – in the House of Commons at 3:45 pm on 23rd October 2018.

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Photo of Kwasi Kwarteng Kwasi Kwarteng Conservative, Spelthorne 3:45 pm, 23rd October 2018

A number of the things that Andy Slaughter suggested as being completely outrageous many of his constituents and certainly a lot of mine would completely agree with.

The Transport Committee, of which I was a member for three years, looked at this issue, and it was apparent even then that whiplash was a peculiarly British phenomenon. On the continent, particularly Germany, they do not have nearly as many whiplash injuries. I suggested at a previous stage of the Bill that this had nothing to do with the physiognomy of Germans as against that of British people. I made the point very clearly that I did not believe that their necks were more robust than good old-fashioned British necks. It was a flippant way of making a salient point: this is a national issue. In Britain, we seem to suffer from these injuries a lot more than people in other countries.