During a debate in Parliament, Kevan Jones has welcomed moves to ban the payment and receipt of referral fees in personal injury cases by regulated persons, such as solicitors and claims handlers.

Mr. Jones said, “I welcome the banning of referral fees, and I congratulate the Minister and the Government on doing it. The scandal is that, frankly, it should have been done years ago. My hon. Friend the Member for Bassetlaw and I campaigned hard to expose the scandal surrounding the miners compensation scheme, which created a feeding frenzy not just for solicitors but for claims management companies.”

He went on, “(The Minister) must ensure that the multitude of scams that existed to hide the way in which referral fees were being paid before 2004 does not re-emerge. If this is going to work, he must ensure that those who dream up inventive ways of charging referral fees are looked into.”

To read more of Kevan’s speech, and the rest of the debate, visit http://www.theyworkforyou.com/debates/?id=2011-11-01b.822.0