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Well, I think we're clearly of the view that it's got to be a mandatory system, it's going to be compulsory, and the only way you can really compel is by a statute.

We say no. We are unequivocal about that. I think I'm right in saying -- I only read rather short passages from not the evidence given I think earlier this week by Lord Black, but the evidence of Lord Hunt, and I think he conceded as I understand it that there was an urgent need for a more effective system of redress for members of the public who can't afford to take their case through the courts.

He endorsed, again, as I understood his evidence, a much tougher and I think he even contemplated a compulsory system, of bringing parties together in the hope of reaching a full and final settlement of the claims. That's pretty close to what we're advocating.

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