§ 77. Mr. Turner-Samuels
asked the Attorney-General (1) how many claims for damages in respect of injuries or loss owing to the alleged negligence or other breach of duty by an agent or servant of the Crown were pending against the Crown, in the form of legal proceedings already commenced, at the time of the recent House of Lords decision in Adams v. Naylor; and what steps have been taken to ensure that these claimants' claims will be adjudicated and will not be deprived of the redress to which they may be justly entitled;
(2) the number of claims for damages in respect of injuries or loss owing to the alleged negligence or other breach of duty by an agent or servant of the Crown made against the Crown since the case of Adams and Naylor; and what course, pending the passing by Parliament of the necessary legislation, has been taken to ensure that all legitimate claims will be met.
§ The Attorney-General
The number of cases in the Treasury Solicitor's Department affected by the decision in Adams v. Naylor in which proceedings were pending at the time that decision was given was approximately 50. The number of claims referred to the Treasury Solicitor since that judgment is approximately 72. A number of these cases have been settled or negotiations for settlement are proceeding. Where no settlement is arrived at or where liability is repudiated, the Crown is prepared to submit the dispute to arbitration, and a number of submissions to arbitration have already been entered into.