Whiplash Claims

Justice written question – answered on 3rd July 2012.

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Photo of David Mowat David Mowat Conservative, Warrington South

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what comparative assessment he has made of the number of whiplash claims in the courts in (a) England and Wales, (b) France and (c) Germany.

Photo of Jonathan Djanogly Jonathan Djanogly The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

We have not conducted any such assessments. However, we are aware of studies that indicate the rate in England and Wales is significantly higher than elsewhere. Increases in whiplash claims when there are fewer reported road traffic accidents are totally unacceptable. The Government will consult this summer on measures to tackle the cost of whiplash claims to individuals, families and businesses.

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