HC Deb 26 June 1900 vol 84 cc1133-4

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Homo Department whether his attention has been called to a decision given by Judge Yate Lee on the 19th June at the Crewe County Court, in a case in which Samuel Bailey sought to obtain the committal of his former employer, John Dudson Plant, mineral water manufacturer, upon a judgment summons issued against Plant to enforce payment of an award previously made in favour of Bailey under the Workmen's Compensation Act; and whether, seeing that the decision given by Judge Yate Lee was to the effect that the award having been made by an arbitrator was not an order or judgment of any competent Court which would constitute a proper ground for committal under the Debtors Act, he will consider the need of taking immediate steps to amend the Workmen's Compensation Act in this particular.


I agree that the point involved in the decision referred to is one of much practical importance, and will demand careful consideration when the question of amending the Workmen's Compensation Act comes to be dealt with. But I may perhaps point out that the law on the subject is open to question, seeing that another County Court Judge has, as I understand, taken a different view of it. I would add that in any case the workman is not, I think, without remedy. He could, as I am advised, obtain a judgment in the County Court for the payment of any arrears due to him, and the provisions of the Debtors Act would apply.