Tuesday saw the Civil Liability Bill complete both its Report Stage and Third Reading in the House of Commons.
Significant amendments that included restrictions to the increase in the proposed whiplash small claims limit and the removal of the creation of tariffs for whiplash injuries were defeated by substantial majorities.
Rory Stewart OBE MP, Minister of State at the Ministry of Justice, took the opportunity within the debate to clarify the meaning of clause 1 of the Bill in a way that the courts can refer to should it be considered to be ambiguous. He stated that it was not the intention of clause 1 that soft tissue injuries that would otherwise fall under the definition of whiplash injury would be excluded simply because other injuries were suffered on the same occasion as that whiplash injury.
The Bill now returns to the House of Lords for consideration of the amendments made through the stages in the House of Commons. If the amendments are accepted and the Commons and Lords agree the final version of the Bill then it can receive Royal Assent and become an Act of Parliament.
No date has yet been set for the consideration of amendments stage but it is expected that it will be sooner rather than later and that the Bill will complete its passage through Parliament in the near future.