§ * SIR CHARLES DILKE
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his attention has been called to the result of the appeal heard in the King's Bench Division on the 10th July in the case of Owner v. Hooper, a case in which the Inspector of Factories had supported a summons charging the respondent with unlawfully making an illegal payment in respect of a charge levied since the passing of the Workmen's Compensation Act by means of a deduction on the wages paid, covering the insurance premiums for liability under the Compensation Act, and making a profit for the manufacturer of over 100 per cent. on the amount paid for insurance; and, if so, will he state whether legislation is necessary to deal with the point, and whether the Government will consider it in connection with any amendment of the Compensation Act.
§ * THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE HOME DEPARTMENT (Mr. AKERS DOUGLAS, Kent, St. Augustine's)
Yes, Sir, the question raised in this case is certainly one which must be considered in connection with any amendment of the Workmen's Compensation Act.