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Damages for whiplash injuries

Part of Civil Liability Bill [Lords] – in the House of Commons at 4:15 pm on 23rd October 2018.

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Photo of Mike Wood Mike Wood Conservative, Dudley South 4:15 pm, 23rd October 2018

Although I originally studied law and was called to the Bar, I never practised, so I hope I may speak in the debate without being tied to any particular interest. This debate is increasingly showing a division between those on the side of personal injury practitioners, and those on the side of the overwhelming majority of our constituents who face the costs arising from an ever-escalating number of claims, of escalating value, for relatively minor injuries. My right hon. Friend Sir Desmond Swayne was right to draw the House’s attention to the remarks of the former Lord Chancellor, Jack Straw. If my memory serves correctly, he told The Law Society Gazette that he was in favour of banning compensation for soft tissue injury altogether. Clearly the Bill does not go anywhere near as far as that.