HL Deb 27 October 1982 vol 435 c565

[References are to Bill (134) as first printed for the Commons]

1 Clause 8, page 8, line 14, after 'agreed' insert 'in the knowledge that an action for damages has been raised or is in contemplation'.

The Lord Advocate (Lord Mackay of Clashfern)

My Lords, I beg to move that this House doth agree with the Commons in their Amendment No. 1. This amendment removes any risk of an action under Clause 8 being incompetent because a relative declined payment for services rendered to the injured person in the belief that such a payment would financially embarrass the injured person. In effect, it allows the relative the chance to change his or her mind when it is explained that an action for damages is intended and the responsible person will eventually meet the sum equivalent to payment for services to the injured person. The amendment therefore avoids a potential difficulty for such a relative. I beg to move.

Moved, That this House doth agree with the Commons in the said amendment.—(Lord Mackay of Clashfern.)

Lord Mishcon

My Lords, this would appear to be a very sensible amendment and we concur.

On Question, Motion agreed to.