Assumed rate of return on investment of damages

Part of Civil Liability Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee am 2:45 pm ar 11 Medi 2018.

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Photo of Rory Stewart Rory Stewart The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice 2:45, 11 Medi 2018

At the moment, the advice received would be from actuaries. Ultimately, we commission the Government Actuary’s Department voluntarily to provide the best advice on what the rate should be. It then arrives at a gilt rate, which drove us towards -0.75%. The Bill puts the role of the Government Actuary into law, so it is no longer voluntary but compulsory. It will be obligatory for the Lord Chancellor to consult, and in future there will be a broader expert panel around the Government Actuary.

The Government will publish the Government Actuary’s report, the panel’s report and later reviews. I am happy to make that commitment to the hon. Gentleman, who asked about transparency. I respectfully ask that the Opposition amendment be withdrawn, and that the Government amendment be accepted.