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SMALL CLAIMS LIMIT

EDM (Early Day Motion) 2542: tabled on 11 July 2006

Tabled in the 2005-06 session.

This motion has been signed by 68 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

Motion text

That this House opposes any increase in the small claims limit for personal injury cases, given that it would inevitably result in injustice to many accident victims who, without legal help, could not realistically hope to be a match for legally represented insurance companies who, even now, when facing claims brought by solicitors, far too frequently refuse to admit even obvious liability, or to discuss damages reasonably; believes that their approach to the defence of claims would become even more dogged, and even deliberately unfair, if insurers knew they only had to face an unrepresented claimant who is unable to value their own entitlement to damages, let alone to assemble evidence or negotiate their way through the minefield of the law and court procedures, in addition to dealing with the tricks and tactics employed under the current costs rules by insurers who too frequently see it as all part of the game to avoid or minimise any payment of damages, so that the average constituent is unlikely even to try to bring a claim if they are unrepresented; and further believes that, given that general damages in this country are far lower than most people assume, the harmful effects of any rise in the small claims limit would be likely to affect about 85 per cent. of claims.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

Anderson, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 24 July 2006
Blaydon
Battle, John
Labour
Signed on 17 July 2006
Leeds West
Bottomley, Sir Peter
Conservative
Signed on 12 July 2006
Worthing West
Breed, Mr Colin
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 13 July 2006
South East Cornwall
Brown, Lyn
Labour
Signed on 9 October 2006
West Ham
Burgon, Colin
Labour
Signed on 25 July 2006
Elmet
Butler, Ms Dawn
Labour
Signed on 9 October 2006
Brent South
Campbell, Mr Ronnie
Labour
Signed on 12 July 2006
Blyth Valley
Clark, Ms Katy
Labour
Signed on 12 October 2006
North Ayrshire and Arran
Cruddas, Jon
Labour
Signed on 25 July 2006
Dagenham
Cryer, Mrs Ann
Labour
Signed on 13 July 2006
Keighley
Cunningham, Mr Jim
Labour
Signed on 9 October 2006
Coventry South
Dean, Mrs Janet
Labour
Signed on 18 July 2006
Burton
Dismore, Mr Andrew
Labour
Signed on 12 July 2006
Hendon
Doran, Mr Frank
Labour
Signed on 9 October 2006
Aberdeen North
Drew, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 13 July 2006
Stroud
Durkan, Mark
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 18 July 2006
Foyle
Ellman, Mrs Louise
Labour
Signed on 9 October 2006
Liverpool, Riverside
Etherington, Bill
Labour
Signed on 9 October 2006
Sunderland North
Fisher, Mark
Labour
Signed on 25 October 2006
Stoke-on-Trent Central
Francis, Dr Hywel
Labour
Signed on 25 July 2006
Aberavon
Gerrard, Mr Neil
Labour
Signed on 18 July 2006
Walthamstow
Gibson, Dr Ian
Labour
Signed on 24 July 2006
Norwich North
Hamilton, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 20 July 2006
Midlothian
Hancock, Mr Mike
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 12 July 2006
Portsmouth South
Hepburn, Mr Stephen
Labour
Signed on 23 October 2006
Jarrow
Horwood, Mr Martin
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 9 October 2006
Cheltenham
Hunter, Mark
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 18 July 2006
Cheadle
Jenkins, Mr Brian
Labour
Signed on 19 October 2006
Tamworth
Jones, Mr David
Conservative
Signed on 14 July 2006
Clwyd West
Keetch, Mr Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 18 July 2006
Hereford
Llwyd, Mr Elfyn
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 12 July 2006
Meirionnydd Nant Conwy
Marris, Rob
Labour
Signed on 13 July 2006
Wolverhampton South West
McDonnell, John
Labour
Signed on 6 November 2006
Hayes and Harlington
McGovern, Mr Jim
Labour
Signed on 25 July 2006
Dundee West
Moffat, Anne
Labour
Signed on 9 October 2006
East Lothian
Moon, Mrs Madeleine
Labour
Signed on 25 July 2006
Bridgend
O'Hara, Mr Edward
Labour
Signed on 20 July 2006
Knowsley South
Price, Adam
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 9 October 2006
Carmarthen East and Dinefwr
Robinson, Mrs Iris
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 12 July 2006
Strangford
Rowen, Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 25 July 2006
Rochdale
Sheridan, Jim
Labour
Signed on 24 July 2006
Paisley and Renfrewshire North
Simpson, Alan
Labour
Signed on 12 October 2006
Nottingham South
Simpson, David
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 25 July 2006
Upper Bann
Singh, Mr Marsha
Labour
Signed on 9 October 2006
Bradford West
Smith, Geraldine
Labour
Signed on 25 July 2006
Morecambe and Lunesdale
Stewart, Ian
Labour
Signed on 9 October 2006
Eccles
Strang, Dr Gavin
Labour
Signed on 25 July 2006
Edinburgh East
Stunell, Andrew
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 17 July 2006
Hazel Grove
Taylor, Dr Richard
Independent
Signed on 26 October 2006
Wyre Forest
Trickett, Jon
Labour
Signed on 25 July 2006
Hemsworth
Truswell, Mr Paul
Labour
Signed on 25 October 2006
Pudsey
Vis, Dr Rudi
Labour
Signed on 19 July 2006
Finchley and Golders Green
Walley, Joan
Labour
Signed on 26 October 2006
Stoke-on-Trent North
Williams, Mrs Betty
Labour
Signed on 14 July 2006
Conwy
Williams, Hywel
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 25 July 2006
Caernarfon
Williams, Stephen
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 12 July 2006
Bristol West
Willis, Mr Phil
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 18 July 2006
Harrogate and Knaresborough
Wilson, Sammy
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 20 July 2006
East Antrim
Winterton, Sir Nicholas
Conservative
Signed on 13 July 2006
Macclesfield
Wood, Mike
Labour
Signed on 9 October 2006
Batley and Spen
Younger-Ross, Richard
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 14 July 2006
Teignbridge

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.