HC Deb 29 April 1907 vol 173 cc533-4

I beg to ask the President of the Local Government Board whether a payment for insuring a parish council clerk or an assistant overseer against accident under the Workmen's Compensation Act would be passed by the Local Government Board auditor or allowed by the Local Government Board; and whether a rate, exceeding the statutory limit of 6d. in the pound, could be levied to discharge a liability under the Workmen's Compensation Act to such person or persons or their dependents, or out of what fund, if any, would compensation be payable.


If any charge appeared in the accounts of a parish council in respect of the insurance against accident of an assistant overseer who was also their clerk, the auditor would have to consider whether the charge was legal. I cannot say what view he might take in any particular case, and I should have no jurisdiction in the matter except on an appeal against his decision. I may, however, state that, as at present advised, it does not appear to me, speaking generally, that the parish council would be liable to pay compensation under the Act in such a case as that referred to. There is no provision in the Act to authorise the levy of a rate by the parish council in excess of the statutory limit.