HC Deb 26 April 1911 vol 24 cc1795-6

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware that in some cases where persons have been awarded large compensation under the Employers' Liability Act the money so awarded is frittered away, with the result that recipients of compensation frequently become a burden on the rates; and whether he would be willing to introduce legislation to provide that all sums payable under the Employers' Liability Acts should be vested in the Public Trustee, or some other responsible body, and paid to recipients, without deduction, according to their requirements?


A copy of a resolution to this effect, which has been adopted by a number of Boards of Guardians, has been forwarded to me. In the case of compensation awarded to dependents of a deceased workman, or to an injured workman under legal disability, under the Workmen's Compensation Act, provision is already made for its administration by the court, and the difficulty can only arise in cases where lump sums are paid to adult workmen in commutation for weekly-payments, or in the comparatively few cases in which damages are awarded under the Employer's Liability Act of 1880. It would be too soon to consider the question of the amendment of the Compensation Act, which was only passed in 1908, but the point will be borne in mind when the time comes for reviewing the operation of the Act.