Groupama plans

Groupama Insurances and Sirius Financial Systems are to work on a programme of joint development activities for 2003.

This plan is geared to support Groupama's plans to step up its electronic trading with brokers and intermediaries.

US asbestos move

The US's largest legal group is set to back legislation clamping down on asbestos-related claims.

The proposal seeks to limit spiralling claims for non-malignant lung tissue injuries that plaintiffs allege are caused by asbestos exposure.

The American Bar Association (ABA) lawyers argued that these claims are the source of the current wave of litigation.

ABI queries FSA

The ABI questioned whether FSA proposals "offer sufficient improvement" to the current situation, in its response to the FSA's consultation paper on product information.

New MIB head

Ashton West is to become the new chief executive of the Motor Insurers' Bureau (MIB). He takes over from James Read, who is retiring later in the year.

Lloyd's elections

John Coldman and Bronek Masojada have been re-elected as deputy chairmen of Lloyd's.

NHS financing

The National Health Service (NHS) should be financed by insurance and not taxation, according to a cross-party group. The Health Policy Consensus Group said the NHS should follow the example set by systems based on social insurance in Germany and France.

CBI legal expenses

Composite Legal Expenses is in talks with the CBI about providing members with commercial legal expenses cover.

Composite currently provides legal expenses to over 135,000 businesses through its deal with the British Chambers of Commerce.