HC Deb 19 February 1931 vol 248 cc1431-2
30. Mr. ISAACS

asked the Home Secretary how much of the £3,234,533 quoted in the Workmen's Compensation Statistics of Compensation and Proceedings Return for 1929 [Command 3781] was paid in compensation to injured workmen and their dependants, in legal expenses and in medical expenses, respectively; and what proportion of the total premium income quoted as £5,595,229, was applied in payments to injured workmen and their dependants, excluding legal and medical expenses?


I regret that I am not in a position to furnish this information. In the returns made by the insurance companies to the Board of Trade, from which the figures quoted by my hon. Friend are taken, the amounts spent in compensation and in legal and medical expenses incurred in settling claims are included under the one head of Payments under Policies, and no separate figures are available.


Will an effort be made to get these figures in future returns, because there is a strong feeling that the medical and legal professions get a large share of what is supposed to be compensation for the workers?


I will see whether, without incurring any very great cost, the course suggested can be taken.

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