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Small Claims Limit

EDM number 2542 in 2005-06, proposed by Austin Mitchell on 11/07/2006.

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.

This motion has been signed by a total of 68 MPs.

Austin Mitchell11/07/2006Great GrimsbyLabourProposed
Kelvin Hopkins11/07/2006Luton NorthLabourSeconded
Jeremy Corbyn11/07/2006Islington NorthLabourSeconded
Michael Penning11/07/2006Hemel HempsteadConservativeSeconded
Bob Russell11/07/2006ColchesterLiberal DemocratSeconded
Lindsay Hoyle12/07/2006ChorleyLabourSeconded
Iris Robinson12/07/2006StrangfordDUPSigned
Elfyn Llwyd12/07/2006Meirionnydd Nant ConwyPlaid CymruSigned
Ronnie Campbell12/07/2006Blyth ValleyLabourSigned
Andrew Dismore12/07/2006HendonLabourSigned
Mike Hancock12/07/2006Portsmouth SouthLiberal DemocratSigned
Peter Bottomley12/07/2006Worthing WestConservativeSigned
Stephen Williams12/07/2006Bristol WestLiberal DemocratSigned
Rob Marris13/07/2006Wolverhampton South WestLabourSigned
Colin Breed13/07/2006South East CornwallLiberal DemocratSigned
Ann Cryer13/07/2006KeighleyLabourSigned
David Drew13/07/2006StroudLabourSigned
Nicholas Winterton13/07/2006MacclesfieldConservativeSigned
David Jones14/07/2006Clwyd WestConservativeSigned
Richard Younger-Ross14/07/2006TeignbridgeLiberal DemocratSigned
Betty Williams14/07/2006ConwyLabourSigned
John Battle17/07/2006Leeds WestLabourSigned
Andrew Stunell17/07/2006Hazel GroveLiberal DemocratSigned
Paul Keetch18/07/2006HerefordLiberal DemocratSigned
Janet Dean18/07/2006BurtonLabourSigned
Mark Durkan18/07/2006FoyleSocial Democratic and Labour PartySigned
Neil Gerrard18/07/2006WalthamstowLabourSigned
Phil Willis18/07/2006Harrogate and KnaresboroughLiberal DemocratSigned
Mark Hunter18/07/2006CheadleLiberal DemocratSigned
Rudi Vis19/07/2006Finchley and Golders GreenLabourSigned
Edward O'Hara20/07/2006Knowsley SouthLabourSigned
David Hamilton20/07/2006MidlothianLabourSigned
Sammy Wilson20/07/2006East AntrimDUPSigned
David Anderson24/07/2006BlaydonLabourSigned
Ian Gibson24/07/2006Norwich NorthLabourSigned
Jim Sheridan24/07/2006Paisley and Renfrewshire NorthLabourSigned
David Simpson25/07/2006Upper BannDUPSigned
Paul Rowen25/07/2006RochdaleLiberal DemocratSigned
Madeleine Moon25/07/2006BridgendLabourSigned
Jim McGovern25/07/2006Dundee WestLabourSigned
Hywel Williams25/07/2006CaernarfonPlaid CymruSigned
Jon Trickett25/07/2006HemsworthLabourSigned
Gavin Strang25/07/2006Edinburgh EastLabourSigned
Hywel Francis25/07/2006AberavonLabourSigned
Jon Cruddas25/07/2006DagenhamLabourSigned
Colin Burgon25/07/2006ElmetLabourSigned
Geraldine Smith25/07/2006Morecambe and LunesdaleLabourSigned
Martin Horwood09/10/2006CheltenhamLiberal DemocratSigned
Dawn Butler09/10/2006Brent SouthLabourSigned
Lyn Brown09/10/2006West HamLabourSigned
Mike Wood09/10/2006Batley and SpenLabourSigned
Frank Doran09/10/2006Aberdeen NorthLabourSigned
Ian Stewart09/10/2006EcclesLabourSigned
Bill Etherington09/10/2006Sunderland NorthLabourSigned
Louise Ellman09/10/2006Liverpool, RiversideLabourSigned
Jim Cunningham09/10/2006Coventry SouthLabourSigned
Marsha Singh09/10/2006Bradford WestLabourSigned
Adam Price09/10/2006Carmarthen East and DinefwrPlaid CymruSigned
Anne Moffat09/10/2006East LothianLabourSigned
Alan Simpson12/10/2006Nottingham SouthLabourSigned
Katy Clark12/10/2006North Ayrshire and ArranLabourSigned
Brian Jenkins19/10/2006TamworthLabourSigned
Stephen Hepburn23/10/2006JarrowLabourSigned
Mark Fisher25/10/2006Stoke-on-Trent CentralLabourSigned
Paul Truswell25/10/2006PudseyLabourSigned
Richard Taylor26/10/2006Wyre ForestIndependentSigned
Joan Walley26/10/2006Stoke-on-Trent NorthLabourSigned
John McDonnell06/11/2006Hayes and HarlingtonLabourSigned

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