HC Deb 01 March 1898 vol 54 cc268-9
MR. JOHN WILSON (Falkirk Burghs)

I beg to ask the Lord Advocate, if he intends upon an early date this Session to introduce a Bill providing that in Scotland jury trials arising out of claims for damages for personal injuries by workmen or their representatives against their employers shall only be competent in the Sheriff Court, and that this Bill shall include all claims whether at common law or under The Employers' Liability Act, 1880, or The Workmen (Compensation for Accidents) Act, 1897?


The hon. Member is aware that the subject matter of his Question is being considered by a Departmental Commission; and that a Bill was introduced a few days ago by the Government, dealing with the removal of cases from the Sheriff Court to the Court of Session for jury trial. In these circumstances it is not my intention to propose further legislation this Session.

MR. J. WILSON (Falkirk Burghs)

May I ask if the right hon. Gentleman will endeavour to bring in a Bill to make the fourth clause of the Workmen's Compensation Act the same in England as in Scotland?


All these matters will fall within the scope of the inquiry by the Departmental Commission, and I cannot propose legislation until I see what that report will be.