Oral Answers to Questions — Workmen's Compensation

– in the House of Commons on 26th November 1942.

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Photo of Mr John Tinker Mr John Tinker , Leigh

asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware of the feeling among Lancashire miners over the application of the bonus award last week to partial compensation men on light work when the award of 3d. per shift reduced their partial compensation by 9d. per week; and will he consider amending the Workmen's Compensation Act so as not to reduce compensation when an increase in wages is made?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

Discussions have been taking place with the representative bodies concerned with a view to meeting the situation mentioned by my hon. Friend. I hope to be in a position to make a further announcement very shortly.

Photo of Mr John Tinker Mr John Tinker , Leigh

I am glad to hear that, because this action on the part of employers and insurance companies is about the meanest and most niggardly I have heard of. They are getting the miners to increase output, and when the time for the payment of compensation comes, they are making harsh decisions.