§ * MR. REES
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he proposes to amend the law so as to provide a remedy for a workman who has been awarded compensation against a contractor who was not insured in respect of such liability, and who, owing to his inability to pay, has been declared bankrupt.
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE HOME DEPARTMENT (Mr. GLADSTONE,) Leeds, W.
I do not see what remedy could be provided to meet the cases contemplated by my hon. friend, except by the establishment of some system of compulsory insurance As to this, I think that some experience of the working of the present law is necessary, but I am considering at what time it will be desirable to undertake the inquiry into the question of a genera scheme of compulsory insurance which I promised on the Second Reading o the Workmen's Compensation Bill in 1906. I may perhaps remind my hon. friend that in the cases of sub-contracting dealt with in Section 4 of the Act, the 676 workmen employed by a sub-contractor s given a right to proceed either against his immediate employer, or against the principal contractor.