HC Deb 15 June 1933 vol 279 cc329-30W

MORRIS asked the Minister of Transport whether he is aware that at present a third party injured by the negligence of a person insured against third-party risks loses all rights of action for personal injuries upon the death of the insured person; and if he will introduce legislation to extend the benefits of the Third Parties (Rights against Insurers) Act, 1930, so as to confer upon third parties similar rights against insurers of third-party risks in the event of the insured's death as are provided in that Act in the event of the insured's bankruptcy?

Lieut.-Colonel HEADLAM

In the circumstances referred to by my hon. Friend, no claim on the part of an injured person would ordinarily lie. The legal maxim that a right of personal action ceases on the death of the person against whom it may be brought is of wide application. The point was ex- pressly considered when the Road Traffic Bill was before the House, but Parliament decided not to introduce an exception to this general principle in a particular case such as that of insurance against third-party risks.

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