264. Deputy Declan Breathnach asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the status of the committee he requested be established with representatives of the Personal Injuries Assessment Board and his officials to review guidelines for minor personal injury claims including whiplash and soft tissue injuries; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25328/19]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I can advise the Deputy that this is being dealt with within the framework of the Judicial Council Bill 2017. The Bill is a legislative priority for Government and provides for the establishment of a personal injuries guidelines committee which will be tasked with drawing up guidelines for appropriate general damages for various types of personal injury.
It is anticipated that the Bill will be enacted by the summer recess with the Report Stage of the Bill scheduled to be taken in the Seanad on 20 June 2019. Question No. 265 answered with Question No. 227.