The Ministry of Justice has published a response document to the consultation paper Civil Law Reform Bill published in December 2009. The Bill and consultation paper proposed changes to the recovery of damages under the Fatal Accidents Act 1976 and reforms concerning the distribution of estates where an inheritance is forfeited or disclaimed. The most wide reaching proposal was the amendment of section 17 of the Judgments Act 1838 so that the post-judgment rate (which has been 8 per cent since April 1993) can be set by reference to the base rate. The response states that reform of the law of damages and that relating to pre and post-judgment interest on debt and damages will not be taken forward. Although this decision is frustrating to the many who supported the interest reforms, it is still open to the Lord Chancellor to reduce the judgment rate by statutory instrument. (www.justice.gov.uk/consultations/docs/civil-law-reform-bill-consultation-paper.pdf).