Results 41–60 of 12514 for speaker:David Gauke

Ceramics (Country of Origin Marking): Civil Liability Bill [Lords] (4 Sep 2018)

David Gauke: I would challenge that. When the Competition and Markets Authority looked at the insurance industry, it found that it is a competitive industry. The factor that is most likely to ensure that benefits are passed on to consumers is competition, and the evidence suggests that there is competition in this area, but we will ensure that insurance companies provide robust information so that they...

Ceramics (Country of Origin Marking): Civil Liability Bill [Lords] (4 Sep 2018)

David Gauke: I will give way, and then I am keen to make progress.

Ceramics (Country of Origin Marking): Civil Liability Bill [Lords] (4 Sep 2018)

David Gauke: If the right hon. Gentleman will forgive me, we will be coming forward very shortly with those amendments. He will not have to wait long to see the details of the amendments. He will see that we are striking the right balance in ensuring that insurance companies can be properly held to account and that we are not placing unnecessary and expensive burdens that ultimately get paid by...

Ceramics (Country of Origin Marking): Civil Liability Bill [Lords] (4 Sep 2018)

David Gauke: My hon. Friend is right to raise both points. I come back to the fact that the CMA looked at this area and concluded that this is a competitive area. The history suggests that these benefits are passed on, but we are strengthening the Bill and will bring forward amendments very shortly that will enable us all to hold those insurance companies to account. Many claims involving road traffic...

Ceramics (Country of Origin Marking): Civil Liability Bill [Lords] (4 Sep 2018)

David Gauke: They will be face-to-face medical examinations, which I believe will provide the degree of robustness in the system that we need. The Bill will also provide for a new fixed tariff of compensation for pain, suffering and loss of amenity for whiplash claims. The high number of whiplash claims and compensation levels that we are seeing justifies that tariff being set by the Lord Chancellor. We...

Ceramics (Country of Origin Marking): Civil Liability Bill [Lords] (4 Sep 2018)

David Gauke: This must be put in the context of a package of measures we are taking that seek to address the significant problem that exists, which I have sought to sketch out and which other hon. Members have highlighted: the very considerable cost that motorists face in insurance premiums as a consequence of whiplash claims, a number of which are clearly not genuine. Given that the number of road...

Ceramics (Country of Origin Marking): Civil Liability Bill [Lords] (4 Sep 2018)

David Gauke: In combination with the other measures that we are taking, I think that we are really able to address the problem that my hon. Friend has so eloquently highlighted and that she has personal experience of. What she has highlighted is that we do have a problem and that we do need to take action, and that is exactly what this Bill does.

Ceramics (Country of Origin Marking): Civil Liability Bill [Lords] (4 Sep 2018)

David Gauke: I will give way, but then I am keen to make more progress.

Ceramics (Country of Origin Marking): Civil Liability Bill [Lords] (4 Sep 2018)

David Gauke: We have a system of small claims—by and large, these are very straightforward claims. We want to ensure that support is there so that people are able to bring the claims in person. As I have said, these are simple claims and it is right that we also take action to address some of the concerns that we have. I shall set out more detail in my remarks, but I believe that we have the balance...

Ceramics (Country of Origin Marking): Civil Liability Bill [Lords] (4 Sep 2018)

David Gauke: These matters are governed by regulation and we are proceeding on that basis.

Ceramics (Country of Origin Marking): Civil Liability Bill [Lords] (4 Sep 2018)

David Gauke: I want to make some progress. I am aware that there has been concern on both sides of the House about the inclusion of vulnerable road users—for example, cyclists, pedestrians and motorcyclists —in the proposed small claims track rise. I am grateful to Members for signalling in their arguments how such road users may be disproportionately affected by this measure.

Ceramics (Country of Origin Marking): Civil Liability Bill [Lords] (4 Sep 2018)

David Gauke: I think that on this occasion I might be able to satisfy my hon. Friend, which I cannot always say to him as the Chair of the Justice Committee. After listening carefully to the arguments made—including by my hon. Friend—I can now say that we intend to remove these vulnerable road users from the small claims limit changes. They are, of course, already excluded from the Bill. I...

Ceramics (Country of Origin Marking): Civil Liability Bill [Lords] (4 Sep 2018)

David Gauke: Very much so. It remains our objective to ensure that people are properly compensated—that they get the right level of compensation. The current process systematically overcompensates, and it is right that we address that because that compensation could be spent on frontline services. I am sure that that is what we would all want to do.

Ceramics (Country of Origin Marking): Civil Liability Bill [Lords] (4 Sep 2018)

David Gauke: I think that it would be fair to say that personal injury lawyers have demonstrated adaptability in recent years and that the sector has proved to be resilient. Of course, the purpose of our compensation regime and insurance system is to ensure that those who should be compensated are compensated, and that is what we seek to do. As I said in response to the intervention of my hon. Friend the...

Ceramics (Country of Origin Marking): Civil Liability Bill [Lords] (4 Sep 2018)

David Gauke: Yes, it is a decision taken by the Lord Chancellor. I was in the Treasury at the time when the most recent change to the discount rate was made by one of my predecessors, and I can certainly assure my hon. Friend that it was very much a decision taken by the Lord Chancellor. [Laughter.] Perhaps I should leave it there.

Ceramics (Country of Origin Marking): Civil Liability Bill [Lords] (4 Sep 2018)

David Gauke: Of course we continue to look at this area. It is worth pointing out not just what we are doing in this Bill but the measures and action taken in the context of the Financial Guidance and Claims Act 2018, and it is right that we continue to do so. As I say, the Government are determined to find out whether the use of PPOs can be increased. We are very pleased that the Civil Justice Council,...

Ceramics (Country of Origin Marking): Civil Liability Bill [Lords] (4 Sep 2018)

David Gauke: To be clear, we have taken robust action to deal with this issue. I would defend the Financial Guidance and Claims Act, which was a substantial step forward in ensuring that we do not see the abuses that we, in all parts of the House, are concerned about. Legislating to ensure that genuine whiplash claims are backed up by medical evidence and that claimants receive proportionate compensation...

Written Ministerial Statements — Ministry of Justice: HMCTS Update (24 Jul 2018)

David Gauke: I am today announcing the outcome of five separate consultations published on 18 January 2018 relating to the future of eight courts within HM Courts & Tribunals estate [HCWS412]. More than 700 responses to these consultations were received and each was considered carefully against the overarching principles governing estates reform as set out in the 2015 consultation document, Proposals...

Written Ministerial Statements — Ministry of Justice: Justice Update (24 Jul 2018)

David Gauke: I am today announcing pay rises for Prison Officers. The Prison Service Pay Review Body has made its recommendation for the 2018-19 pay award and we are accepting the spirit of their recommendation. Today’s pay award is worth 2.75% for all Prison Officers, of which 2% is consolidated and 0.75% in non-consolidated. Some staff on modernised Fair and Sustainable contracts will also...


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