HC Deb 02 April 1917 vol 92 cc897-8

asked the Prime Minister whether it is proposed to pay compensation to the relatives or dependants of any munition worker who may be killed by explosion in a munitions factory which can be attributed to the acts of the enemy?


So far as concerns munition workers in the employment of the Government, compensation would be paid, in the circumstances referred to in the question, as under the Workmen's Compensation Act, 1906. With regard to munition workers not in the employment of the Government who may be killed or injured by hostile aircraft, or by measures taken to combat them, whilst upon the premises of the factory in which they are employed, a pledge has already been given publicly that, if the injured worker or his dependants on proceeding against the employer under the Act of 1906 fail to recover compensation, His Majesty's Government will pay compensation on the scale of the Act. The same procedure would be followed in the case of death or injury resulting from an explosion caused by an act of the enemy other than that specifically covered by the pledge to which I have referred.