This Commons Library briefing paper provides background information for Commons Report stage of the Civil Liability Bill [HL] which is due to take place on 23 October 2018Jump to full report >>
The Civil Liability Bill [HL] (the Bill) has three parts:
The Speaker has certified the Bill under Standing Order No. 83J as relating exclusively to England and Wales on matters within devolved legislative competence.
A Library briefing paper, published for Second Reading of the Bill in the Commons, provides background information, including on debate in the Lords:
The Government also intends to increase the small claims track limit for personal injury claims. This does not form part of the Bill and would be achieved instead by secondary legislation (effecting a change to the Civil Procedure Rules). However, the Government has presented Part 1 of the Bill and this secondary legislation as a package of reforms. Issues relating to the increase in the small claims track limit have been raised in debate on the Bill at all stages in both Houses of Parliament.
Having completed its passage through the Lords, the Bill was introduced in the House of Commons on 28 June 2018 as Bill 240 of 2017-19. Second Reading took place on 4 September 2018. The Bill was considered by a Public Bill Committee in two sittings on 11 September 2018.
In Public Bill Committee 21 Opposition amendments were defeated on divisions. In addition, there were two divisions on clause stand part debates, both of which were carried. Government amendments were made which would:
The Bill as amended in Public Bill Committee has been published as Bill 264 of 2017-19.
Report stage is scheduled for 23 October 2018.
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Commons Briefing papers CBP-8420
Authors: Catherine Fairbairn; Douglas Pyper