HC Deb 10 July 1930 vol 241 c603
28. Mr. TINKER

asked the Home Secretary if his attention has been drawn to the increasing number of nystagmus cases that have been certified for light work on the surface; if he is aware that employers refuse to find them suitable work, but reduce compensation to small amounts and, in some cases, take it away altogether; and will he consider amending the Workmen's Compensation Act so as to prevent compensation being reduced until suitable work is offered?


I am well aware of the hardship arising not only in nystagmus cases but also in the case of many other partially disabled workmen, who under present conditions are unable to obtain any suitable employment. An attempt to provide a solution has been made this Session in a Bill which is now before the House. I am afraid that all I can do at present is to assure my hon. Friend that I recognise the importance and urgency of the question, and will do anything that is possible to secure a satisfactory settlement.


May I take it from his answer that we may see a Workmen's Compensation Bill introduced in the next Session of Parliament?


Are we to understand that the right hon. Gentleman has consulted with the Opposition, and that the employers have definitely refused to allow that Bill to become law?


I have not heard of that refusal. It is much too early to make an announcement regarding the business of the next Session.