You may have missed it amid the turkey leftovers and Sound of Music repeats, but the Ministry of Justice was busy over the Christmas period.
Ministers were very keen to announce a promise from insurers to pass on every penny saved by proposed reforms to personal injury claims. A press release to this effect appeared on 28 December, when most of the rest of Whitehall was in seasonal slumber.
But what was interesting about the press release was the detail that agreement came after a ‘recent roundtable meeting’ between insurers and ministers to discuss the chancellor’s autumn statement, when the reforms were announced.
So it was a little surprising to see the Treasury’s record of ministers’ meetings for the second quarter of 2015, in which it was revealed Harriet Baldwin, economic secretary to the Treasury, actually met with insurers in June.
So either the MoJ’s definition of ‘recent’ extends to a meeting six months ago, or there has been more than one meeting with insurers – the details of which are yet to be published.