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Bedford Prison (13 Sep 2018)

Richard Burgon: The chief inspector of prisons has spoken of the continual and unchecked decline in standards at the prison over the past nine years. He also said that, at times, it felt like the prisoners were in control. This is the prison with the highest rate of assaults in the country. Some 77% of prison officers at HMP Bedford have less than one year’s service. That is the reality, so I am...

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

Richard Burgon: Today we are discussing yet another attack from this Government on our justice system: yet another attack on the vulnerable that, perhaps not coincidentally, will enrich the Conservatives’ friends in the insurance industry. The Civil Liability Bill is presented by the Government in its press spin as being about cutting back on fraudulent whiplash claims—and, of course, who could...

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

Richard Burgon: I do not quite understand what the hon. Gentleman is talking about when he says that this “exploitation” has to end. In fact, the trend is that whiplash claims are going down. We have heard the Secretary of State himself say, “Of course, many claims are genuine.” Even the way that that is said implies that somehow people are on the make. Most claims are genuine....

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

Richard Burgon: My hon. Friend makes a very important point. USDAW and other organisations are right to say that hundreds of thousands of people could be negatively impacted. Through statutory instrument, the Government seek to increase the small claims limit from £1,000 to £2,000 in all cases and from £1,000 to £5,000 in road traffic accident cases. We are very concerned about what that...

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

Richard Burgon: We need to ask ourselves what “minor injuries” and “small amounts of money” mean. What is being referred to as a “minor injury” may last up to two years. I do not think that that is a minor injury. What is being referred to as “small amounts of money” is actually, in practice, a lot of money for working people who are struggling to make ends...

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

Richard Burgon: I certainly agree with that point, which I will come to later. People also need to consider the psychological effects of some of these injuries. I must make some progress. I want to talk about the type of people who will be affected by these reforms, and I will now give some real-life examples.

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

Richard Burgon: I will not give way when I want to talk about real-life examples. We need to hear from the people who will be affected by these reforms. Once I have given them a voice, I will give the hon. Gentleman his chance to speak. These people include a warehouse operative who suffered a head injury when a heavy metal bolt fell from a roller shutter door and struck him on the head, and a caretaker in a...

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

Richard Burgon: The evidence does not bear that out. Proven fraudulent whiplash claims amount to 0.25%. To hear some Conservative MPs, we would think that the majority of whiplash claims were fraudulent, when only 0.25% have been shown to be. It is not justice if the honest vast majority are penalised because of a tiny dishonest minority. That is no way to reform things or make the law.

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

Richard Burgon: I have to make some progress, I am afraid. The Government have said that they will drop vulnerable road users from their reforms. They should indeed do so, but they should also concede that the inclusion of people injured at work is equally unjustified. It is not only us who oppose these measures. The Justice Committee concluded that “increasing the small claims limit for personal...

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

Richard Burgon: My hon. Friend makes an important point. This goes completely against the principle of equality of arms. We agree with the Justice Committee and the recommendation of the Jackson review that there should be an increase in the small claims limit only in line with inflation. That would mean a rise to £1,500, not the £2,000 currently proposed. If the Government were to propose a...

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

Richard Burgon: That is a very important point indeed. All too often, the human experiences of the individuals who have been injured or discriminated against at work are forgotten. I thank my hon. Friend for bringing that perspective to bear.

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

Richard Burgon: Right across the justice sector, the real targets of the Conservatives’ reforms have not been lawyers, but ordinary people. That is the reality. I will move on to the measures that the Government have included in the Bill. We are very concerned by the tariff system, which would fix the amount of compensation in so-called minor whiplash claims. I will come on to the fraudulent claims...

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

Richard Burgon: That is absolutely right; it is a powerful moral argument. It is immoral to make the honest vast majority pay—literally—for the fraudulent activities of a tiny minority. The Justice Committee explained: “we are troubled by the absence of reliable data on fraudulent claims and we find surprising the wide definition of suspected fraud”. Looking at premiums, the insurance...

HMP Birmingham (4 Sep 2018)

Richard Burgon: (Urgent Question): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will make a statement on his Government’s plans for HMP Birmingham.

HMP Birmingham (4 Sep 2018)

Richard Burgon: I thank you, Mr Speaker, for granting this urgent question, and I thank the Minister for his reply. It is clear from the damning report into HMP Birmingham, as well as from the failings in the probation system, that the costly privatisation experiment in our justice system should be ended. Costs aside, one of the great failings of privatisation is that we in this House struggle to hold...

Immigration Detention: Shaw Review: Points of Order (24 Jul 2018)

Richard Burgon: On a point of order, Mr Deputy Speaker. I have reason to believe that the Government are intending to make a very substantial announcement about changing their policy on privatised probation services soon after the House rises for summer recess. This announcement is expected to involve handing over tens of millions of pounds more in yet another bail-out for these private probation companies,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Youth Justice System (10 Jul 2018)

Richard Burgon: The last inspection report on Oakhill said that there is no evidence that the 80 children held there are adequately cared for. Oakhill is managed by G4S. I have been asking parliamentary questions about whether G4S is meeting its contractual obligations there and the answers are revealing: “The Contract for Oakhill STC is between the Secretary of State for Justice and STC Milton Keynes...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: MOJ Staff on Low Pay: Wages and Conditions (10 Jul 2018)

Richard Burgon: I regularly ask parliamentary questions about staffing levels and conditions at the private probation companies. The answers from the Department are shocking. None of the community rehabilitation company contracts specifies that CRCs must maintain staffing numbers at a particular level. When Ministers bailed out the private probation companies last year with another £342 million, they...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Topical Questions (10 Jul 2018)

Richard Burgon: In my first two questions today, I focused on the widespread failings of privatisation in our justice system. I have written to the Secretary of State about the close relationship that his Department has with outsourcing giant Serco, a relationship that is ever closer given that his new Minister was once its spin doctor-in-chief. Will the Secretary of State confirm to the House today that he...

Ministry of Justice (2 Jul 2018)

Richard Burgon: I thank the Backbench Business Committee for making the debate possible. The House needs to give much more scrutiny to the Ministry of Justice. The changes that are under way are unprecedented, threatening access to justice and even to the rule of law. Our justice system has two key functions: to defend our hard-won rights and the rule of law and to help to keep communities safer with fewer...


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