Civil Liability Bill — Damages for Whiplash Injuries — 23 Oct 2018 at 17:30

The majority of MPs voted in favour of a set tariff of damages for whiplash injuries and related minor psychological injuries.

MPs were considering the Civil Liability Bill[1].

The amendment rejected in this vote was:

  • amendment 2, page 3, line 14, leave out clauses 3 to 5.

The clauses in question[2] stated:

  • (3) If the claimant suffers one or more minor psychological injuries on the same occasion as the whiplash injury or injuries, the amount of damages for pain, suffering and loss of amenity payable in respect of the minor psychological injury or the minor psychological injuries, taken together, is to be an amount specified in regulations made by the Lord Chancellor.
  • (4) If regulations made by the Lord Chancellor so provide, the amount of damages for pain, suffering and loss of amenity payable in respect of—
  • (a) the whiplash injury or injuries, and
  • (b) a minor psychological injury or injuries suffered by the claimant on the same occasion as the whiplash injury or injuries, taken together, is to be an amount specified in regulations made by the Lord Chancellor (notwithstanding subsections (2) and (3)).
  • (5) Regulations under this section may in particular—
  • (a) specify different amounts in respect of different durations of injury;
  • (b) specify amounts in respect of minor psychological injuries by reference to the duration of the related whiplash injury or injuries.

The rejected amendment was accompanied by the following explanatory statement:

  • This amendment would remove the creation of tariffs for whiplash injuries and retain the existing system where judges decide compensation levels with reference to Judicial College Guidelines.

At the time of the vote the Lord Chancellor was usually an MP and member of the cabinet.[3]

Debate in Parliament |

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Party Summary

Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.

What is Tell? '+1 tell' means that in addition one member of that party was a teller for that division lobby.

What are Boths? An MP can vote both aye and no in the same division. The boths page explains this.

What is Turnout? This is measured against the total membership of the party at the time of the vote.

PartyMajority (No)Minority (Aye)BothTurnout
Con288 (+2 tell) 0091.5%
DUP9 0090.0%
Green0 10100.0%
Independent1 1066.7%
Lab0 229 (+2 tell)088.8%
LDem0 8066.7%
PC0 40100.0%
Total:298 243089.8%

Rebel Voters - sorted by party

MPs for which their vote in this division differed from the majority vote of their party. You can see all votes in this division, or every eligible MP who could have voted in this division

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NameConstituencyPartyVote
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