HC Deb 22 January 1913 vol 47 c415

asked the Home Secretary, having regard to the fact that in cases of appeal under Section 8 of the Workmen's Compensation Act, 1906, the present Regulations do not state whether the worker posseses a right to have his medical attendant present at the examination by the medical referee, whether he is notified of the right; and whether he can see his way to making such modifications in the Regulations as to establish such a right and to provide for the worker being notified of its existence?


The Regulations give both workman and employer the right to make any oral statements, or to submit any written statements, to the referee; and this includes a written statement by the workman's or employer's doctor, but they do not give either party the right to have his doctor present at the examination. The question of giving such a right was carefully considered when the Regulations were framed in 1907, and it was decided that it would be undesirable to do so. I am not aware of any sufficient ground for making a change in the Regulations on this point. I may add that it is open to the referee, if he thinks it desirable, to allow the doctors to be present and to question them, and this is, I believe, sometimes done.