Workmen's Compensation.

Oral Answers to Questions — Unemployment. – in the House of Commons on 17th November 1932.

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Photo of Major Abraham Lyons Major Abraham Lyons , Leicester East

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asked the Home Secretary how many cases are known to his Department in which the payments of money under the Workmen's Compensation Act have been delayed or denied to injured employés through default or insolvency of employers?

Mr. STANLEY:

The Department is aware of 28 cases of liquidations in the coal mining industry since the beginning of 1927 in which there has been some loss, or delay of payment, of compensation. There have been a considerable number of other cases in this industry in which it has been ascertained that no permanent loss of compensation resulted, but there may have been delay in making payment. I regret that no information is available as regards other industries, but practically all the complaints which have recently reached me on this matter have related to the coal mining industry.

Photo of Major Abraham Lyons Major Abraham Lyons , Leicester East

May I ask that serious consideration should now be given to the important question of compulsory workmen's compensation insurance?

Mr. STANLEY:

Serious consideration has been given to it for a considerable time, and I would refer my hon. Friend to the answer which was given by my right hon. Friend in reply to a question by the hon. Member for Leigh (Mr. Tinker) on 27th October.

Photo of Mr Thomas Martin Mr Thomas Martin , Blaydon

Is the right hon. Gentleman satisfied that the scheme which the owners are at present working out meets with approval?

Mr. STANLEY:

I am not quite sure to which scheme the hon. Member refers. Most of the districts have got different schemes.

Photo of Mr Isaac Foot Mr Isaac Foot , Bodmin

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that recent attention has been given to this subject and can he say whether any progress was made in the recent discussion?

Mr. STANLEY:

Yes, an account of the progress was given in my right hon. Friend's reply on 27th October.

Photo of Major Abraham Lyons Major Abraham Lyons , Leicester East

Will further consideration, and serious consideration, be given to it?

Mr. STANLEY:

Obviously.