Clause 188

Legal Services Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 8:45 pm on 26th June 2007.

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Claims management services

Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

Photo of Simon Hughes Simon Hughes Shadow Attorney General

The clause refers to the Compensation Act 2006, with which the Minister was heavily involved. She made commitments that the Bill would take up matters legislated for in the 2006 Act. In two sentences, will she describe for the record how that is being done? It would be helpful for people to know how one has been married to the other.

Photo of Bridget Prentice Bridget Prentice Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Ministry of Justice

I hope that I can help. The idea behind the clause is that the integration of the 2006 Act and the Bill can be achieved only once the LSB and the OLC are fully established. If it is too early to make a decision about the claims management regulation system, that is because that system is itself only a few months old. Although it is working incredibly efficiently, we should give the regime time to bed in and assess its impact when we know how best to deliver that integration with the minimum disruption to the protection that consumers enjoy under the 2006 Act. I hope that that answers the hon. Gentleman’s question.

Photo of Simon Hughes Simon Hughes Shadow Attorney General

It will at least point me the right direction.

Question put and agreed to.

Clause 188 ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Schedule 19 agreed to.

Clauses 189 and 190 ordered to stand part of the Bill.