On 15 July 2009, Mr Norman Baker MP (LD: Lewes) presented a Bill before Parliament (Hansard HC Deb 15 July 2009 Col 1312WH) on first reading which attempts to promote personal responsibility, particularly in the field of compensation for personal injury. It arises out of the mistaken but widely-held belief that there exists in this country, a widespread 'compensation culture'. In reality, our system is both inadequate and penny-pinching when it comes to the provision of compensation for personal injury and has some way to go yet before it reaches anything like the levels that exist in countries such as the United States! Clause 1 of the The Personal Responsibility Bill introduces the concept of âpersonal responsibilityâ which states that an individual is responsible for whatever happens to him as a result of his own actions and as a consequence of his own failure to use common sense. Draft Clause 2 inserts section 1A into the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 to dis-apply liability under the 1974 Act in respect of accidental injury or damage to the plaintiff (applicant) which could have been avoided had the individual exercised common sense. It applies the principle in a similar amendment to Section 1 of the Law Reform (Contributory Negligence) Act 1945. In my view, the difficulty with Mr Bakerâs Bill is that if âcommon senseââ is conclusive to the existence of âsenseâ then the term âcommon mistakeâ is devoid of meaning. Another difficulty is that in relation to tortuous liability, it pays little or no regard to the common-sense of our judiciary. In support of this conclusion regard might be had to the recent judgement of the Court of Appeal in Bourne Leisure v Marsden  EWCA Civ 671 which reached the Court of Appeal on 13 July 2009. It sought to hold the defendant Leisure Centre liable under section 2(2) Occupierâs Liability Act 1957 for the death by drowning of a little boy in a pond situated on the defendantâs Caravan Site. The claimant alleged that in the absence of a fence, the defendant ought to have done more to warn the parents of the danger of the nearby pond. The conclusion was, by a unanimous decision, summed up by Stanley Burton LJ (at para 25) who, in agreeing with Moses LJ (who delivered the main judgement) said: âaccidents may and do happen to young children without anyone being at faultâ. A more sensationalist report of the accident appeared in the Daily Mail on 13 July 2009. While the Treasury and Insurance Companies might applaud such a move, I would rather leave it to our judges to apply the principle of common sense without the requirement for statutory intervention. The Bill is to receive its second reading on Friday 16 October 2009.