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Justice Committee: weekly update

19 January 2018

At the end of sitting weeks the Justice Committee publishes a brief summary of its activities in the form of a weekly update.

This week 

We met on Tuesday this week. In private we discussed our future programme and our upcoming work in the weeks ahead. 

We agreed to publish a follow-up letter we received from David Green CB QC, Director, on the work of the Serious Fraud Office, which provides further information on issues we discussed with Mr Green in his evidence to us on 13 December.

We also considered and agreed to publish a number of pieces of written evidence received in relation to our Small claims limit for personal injury.

In public we then took oral evidence as part of our small claims limit for personal injury inquiry.

Oral evidence: Small claims limit for personal injury 

In our evidence on the small claims limit for personal injury, we discussed a range of issues including: 

  • The rationale and evidence supporting the Government’s proposals for raising the small claims limit
  • The potential impact of raising the limit, including for employer liability/ public liability claims, and the implications for the judiciary and court staff
  • The Government’s progress in working towards implementation of the reforms, and its proposals for ensuring the needs of claimants are met
  • The implications of the reforms for the Before the Event (BTE) insurance market and the potential impact on the claims management sector

We have now concluded taking oral evidence as part of this inquiry.

You can re-watch  the session on parliamentlive.tv. We have also published the transcript of the session on our website.

Inquiries with open calls for written evidence

You can still submit evidence to the Committee through its evidence portal for the following inquiries:

  • Prison population 2022: planning for the future (the deadline for written submissions has passed; contact us if you think you may still wish to contribute): Read the terms of reference
  • Transforming Rehabilitation (the deadline for written submissions has passed; contact us if you think you may still wish to contribute): Read the terms of reference

Guidance: written submissions

Published correspondence 

This week we agreed to publish a follow-up letter from David Green CB QC, Director relating to the work of the Serious Fraud Office (PDF PDF 3.23 MB).

Future business

On Wednesday 24 January we are taking evidence following HM Inspectorate of Prisons’ Report on HMP Liverpool. We are hearing from:

  • Pia Sinha, Governor, HMP Liverpool
  • Michael Spurr, Chief Executive, HM Prisons and Probation Service
  • Kevin Miller, Director of Facilities Management, Amey
  • Kate Davies, Director of Health & Justice, Armed Forces and Sexual Assault Services Commissioning, NHS England
  • Julie Dhuny, Head of Commissioning, Health and Justice, North Region, NHS England
  • Rory Stewart MP, Minister of State, Ministry of Justice
  • Michael Spurr, Chief Executive, HM Prisons and Probation Service

You can find out more information on this session on our website. You will be able to come along to watch this session or you can watch it online at parliamentlive.tv.

Further information

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