HC Deb 17 October 1994 vol 248 cc10-1W
Mr. Duncan Smith

To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what provision he intends to make for costs in the small claims court.

Mr. John M. Taylor

Although often referred to as "no-costs" regime, the small claims procedure does provide for the recovery of some costs, as detailed in order 19, rule 4 of the county court rules. Under this rule, the costs stated on the summons and the costs of enforcing the award may be recovered. In addition, the court may award allowances to be paid in respect of the successful party's and witness's expenses, and expert's fees. There are no current plans to change this provision.