HC Deb 21 November 1917 vol 99 c1174
46. Mr. BYRNE

asked the Prime Minister what restriction, if any, there is on the payment of the additional 25 per cent. under the Workmen's Compensation (War Addition) Act; if he is aware that cases have been brought to the notice of the Member for the Harbour Division where the additional allowance has been refused to the claimants on the grounds that they were not totally incapacitated although they have been unable to resume work and have been drawing half-pay for the past four years; and if he will correct this?


My right hon. Friend has asked me to reply to this question. Every workman who is receiving or entitled to receive a weekly allowance under the Workmen's Compensation Act in respect of total incapacity is entitled also to receive the war addition. If in any case the war addition is being wrongfully withheld, the workman can enforce payment in the same way as he could enforce payment of his compensation allowance.


Must a man be described as totally incapacitated in order to get this 25 per cent.?


Yes. The Act only applies to cases of total disablement.