Yes, Sir. It appeared that the difficulty might be overcome by the employers, or their insurers, undertaking that where compensation payments have been made in respect of an accident to a workman, neither his employers nor anyone on their behalf will raise the defence that the acceptance of those payments, or the form of receipt for them, shall debar the workman or his dependants or personal representatives from bringing proceedings otherwise than under the Workmen's Compensation Act. I am glad to say that an assurance in these terms has been given by the employers' organisations and insurance interests generally, subject to a condition that proceedings independently of the Act are commenced within three months of the accident. The arrangement does not apply to payments made under an award or recorded agreement under the Act. This assurance should make it unnecessary to propose legislation to deal with this matter at the present time.
While I thank the Minister for his reply, which will be of great help to the persons concerned, is he satisfied that this kind of undertaking will stop anybody who is not a member of the employers' organisation, or not covered by one of the insurance companies, from taking action contrary to the assurance?