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Public Bill Committee: Civil Liability Bill [Lords]: Restriction on increase in small claims limit for relevant personal injuries (11 Sep 2018)

Robert Courts: Although I understand the arguments made by district judges, I have faith in their ability to deal with cases efficiently, because I have seen that happen so often. In an ideal world, I would of course prefer everyone to be legally represented. That would be more efficient and would mean that people had someone to argue for them. However, it is not practical within the costs regime under...

Public Bill Committee: Civil Liability Bill [Lords]: Restriction on increase in small claims limit for relevant personal injuries (11 Sep 2018)

Robert Courts: I want to make a few brief comments. I entirely understand the force of the comments made. As someone who started his practice in the small claims court before progressing to other courts, I have seen how they work. I have a couple of pertinent points—the Minister alluded to the first. For some very complicated cases, particularly commercial ones, there are already limits of...

Public Bill Committee: Civil Liability Bill [Lords]: Restriction on increase in small claims limit for relevant personal injuries (11 Sep 2018)

Robert Courts: The hon. Lady is absolutely right. I know she has a long history of practising, as do I. That is, of course, absolutely correct, but it does not mean that they are simply left to sink or swim on their own. I have seen countless cases in my practice where a district judge, although not representing someone, clearly points out arguments that may wish to be made. District judges frequently bend...

Public Bill Committee: Civil Liability Bill [Lords]: Restriction on increase in small claims limit for relevant personal injuries (11 Sep 2018)

Robert Courts: The hon. Lady makes an excellent point. Clearly, cases where judges have to assist claimants are likely to take longer. However, this comes down to ensuring that claimants in cases at the lower end of the scale—I do not for a moment downplay the seriousness of people having been hurt in this way—can be heard at proportionate cost, and that the court’s resources, particularly...

Public Bill Committee: Civil Liability Bill [Lords]: Damages for whiplash injuries (11 Sep 2018)

Robert Courts: I repeat my declaration that I practised in this area until I was elected two years ago, and I remain a door tenant at my chambers. Having practised in this area for more than 10 years, I too have experience. Does the Minister accept that there is a danger that the Committee is confusing two issues? According to the guidance notes, the manifesto gave a commitment to “reduce insurance...

Public Bill Committee: Civil Liability Bill [Lords] (11 Sep 2018)

Robert Courts: Further to that point of order, Mr Stringer. I would like to make a similar declaration, because I used to practise as a personal injury barrister.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Wage Levels (11 Sep 2018)

Robert Courts: Will the Chancellor please confirm that the income of the lowest paid has grown more than twice as fast as the income of the very highest over recent years?

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Topical Questions (10 Sep 2018)

Robert Courts: West Oxfordshire’s thriving high-tech businesses are in urgent need of employees with technical skills. What steps is the Department taking to provide STEM careers advice in schools?

Business of the House (6 Sep 2018)

Robert Courts: Will the Government make a statement on what can be done to strengthen planning law to allow local authorities more redress when conditions or legal agreements entered into by contractors, such as routing agreements, are routinely breached?

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Topical Questions (6 Sep 2018)

Robert Courts: Will Ministers commit to working with providers so that when much-needed broadband and mobile upgrades are rolled out to rural areas, roads are properly repaired? Ideally, infrastructure should be put in verges.

Health and Social Care: NHS Workforce (24 Jul 2018)

Robert Courts: Barely two years after the shock closure of Deer Park medical centre in Witney, the people of Witney are now deeply concerned over the future of Cogges medical centre. Please will Ministers explain what they are doing to help with recruitment and retention of GPs in rural areas, and will the Secretary of State meet me to discuss the provision of GP services in our market towns?

Foreign Fighters and the Death Penalty: Pairing (23 Jul 2018)

Robert Courts: Does my right hon. Friend agree that pairing is one of the things that makes this place work? We should keep last week’s events in their full context and recognise that, by and large, the system works and should be maintained.

Housing, Communities and Local Government: First-time Buyers (23 Jul 2018)

Robert Courts: What assessment he has made of the effect of the Help to Buy scheme and the reduction in stamp duty on the number of homes purchased by first-time buyers.

Housing, Communities and Local Government: First-time Buyers (23 Jul 2018)

Robert Courts: One of the greatest concerns raised by young people in West Oxfordshire is whether they will ever be able to afford a home in their town or village. I welcome the stamp duty cuts, which have helped people across the country. Can the Minister tell us how many have benefited from our changes?

Petition - Home Education: Draft Guidance and Consultation: Road Restructuring: Oxfordshire (18 Jul 2018)

Robert Courts: In this House, we often spend a great deal of time discussing national and international issues, but we ought not to forget that sometimes it is the seemingly smaller issues that make a real difference to the lives of the residents we represent. For many of my constituents in West Oxfordshire—rural or town dwellers alike—their first journey to work or to school takes place in a...

Petition - Home Education: Draft Guidance and Consultation: Road Restructuring: Oxfordshire (18 Jul 2018)

Robert Courts: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for making that excellent point and for joining me on that trip to RAF Brize Norton, which I like to speak about in the House as often as I can. This matter is important for tourism, absolutely, because it forms part of the offer and image that we project of our local area, but it is equally important for businesses, which are moving goods around and will...

Petition - Home Education: Draft Guidance and Consultation: Road Restructuring: Oxfordshire (18 Jul 2018)

Robert Courts: My hon. Friend makes a superb point. I have mentioned the concerns raised when I knock on people’s doors, and people express that frustration that potholes come back a few months after being repaired. They just wish it was done properly so that did not happen. The problem is particularly acute around street works, metalwork and so on. The Government are consulting on moves to try to...

Petition - Home Education: Draft Guidance and Consultation: Road Restructuring: Oxfordshire (18 Jul 2018)

Robert Courts: My hon. Friend makes an excellent point, and the Government have certainly been giving more money to local authorities, which are responsible for repairing the roads—I am sure the Minister will refer to that. I have provided some details of the scale of the problem, which perhaps has a great deal to do with it. We have a very rural area, and it is very adversely affected by weather. One...

Petition - Home Education: Draft Guidance and Consultation: Road Restructuring: Oxfordshire (18 Jul 2018)

Robert Courts: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for that. I was wondering whether he was going to make that point in his earlier intervention, because this is linked to that. He rightly says that people find it frustrating is when one pothole is done but another a foot away is left because it does not meet the intervention level. We all understand that there has to be an intervention level at which county...

Petition - Home Education: Draft Guidance and Consultation: Road Restructuring: Oxfordshire (18 Jul 2018)

Robert Courts: The hon. Gentleman is absolutely right. In rural areas, agricultural traffic of tractors and combine harvesters is an added pressure. The point that I particularly want to make before I conclude is that while much of it is wonderful, we do need extra work on the A40 in particular to ease congestion. That will be effective only if the feeder roads for those major roads are also repaired. That...


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