Employers (Personal Injury Liability)

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Labour – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 10th July 1967.

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Photo of Mr Peter Archer Mr Peter Archer , Rowley Regis and Tipton 12:00 am, 10th July 1967

asked the Minister of Labour whether, in view of the situation disclosed in the case of Donoghey v. Boulton and Paul Limited, he will introduce legislation to compel every employer to insure against possible liability in respect of personal injury to employees.

Photo of Mr Peter Archer Mr Peter Archer , Rowley Regis and Tipton

Can my right hon. Friend suggest any distinction in principle between a motorist who has to insure against liability through negligence, and an employer of labour who may cause equally tragic injuries?

Photo of Mr Raymond Gunter Mr Raymond Gunter , Southwark

I think that my hon. Friend must bear in mind that if a compulsory insurance scheme were introduced the enforcement problems would be very considerable, and that a large increase in staff would be required by the Ministry of Labour. I have taken the best advice that I can on this matter. All the evidence suggests that complex legislation would be needed, and, as I have said, the cost of the enforcement machinery would be out of all proportion to the benefits achieved.