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LORD CHANCELLOR'S DEPARTMENT

Damages

Mr. Dismore: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what consultations he had prior to the setting of the rate of return under section 1 of the Damages Act 1996 with (a) the Government Actuary, (b) the Treasury, (c) organisations representing claimants and (d) organisations representing insurers; and if he will make a statement. [2837]

Mr. Wills: The Treasury and the Government Actuary were consulted in accordance with section 1(4) of the Damages Act 1996.

Of the other responses to the Consultation Paper, "Damages: The Discount Rate and Alternatives to Lump Sum Payments", three were received from organisations representing claimants: the Personal Injury Bar Association, the TUC, and the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers. One was received from an organisation representing insurers: the Association of British Insurers; and one from an organisation representing insurance lawyers: the Forum of Insurance Lawyers.

Of the remaining 77 responses, some were from insurers and it is likely that many were from organisations or individuals who normally represent claimants or insurers. But as the Consultation Paper did not seek this information, it is not possible to provide a complete breakdown.

Conditional Fees

Mr. Dismore: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what plans the Lord Chancellor has to extend the operation of conditional fees to cases based on the Human Rights Act 1998; and if he will make a statement. [3149]

Mr. Wills: None. Conditional fee agreements have been available for all forms of civil business other than family proceedings since 1998. Thus conditional fee agreements are already available for civil cases concerning human rights.

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Correspondence

Mr. Kaufman: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department when the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton will receive a reply to the letter he sent to the Lord Chancellor on 21 May with regard to Miss Anthea Gordon. [3151]

Ms Rosie Winterton: My noble and learned Friend the Lord Chancellor has replied to my right hon. Friend in a letter dated 9 July.

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Transsexual People

Mr. Kidney: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what action he proposes to take in response to the report of the Interdepartmental Working Group on Transsexual People. [3155]

Mr. Wills: The report is being carefully considered within Government and by other interested groups. The Government are sympathetic to the issues raised in the report and will be considering further how to take the matter forward.