§ 40 and 41. Mr. NEIL MACLEAN
asked the Minister of Health (1) whether he will consider the amending of the Workmen's Compensation Act, 1925, to provide that any payment received by an injured worker under that Act shall not be taken into consideration by authorities in assessing payment of relief to such worker or his dependants;
(2) whether he will consider the amending of the War Pensions (Administrative Provisions) Act, 1918, to provide for the exclusion of disability pensions from consideration in assessing public assistance and transitional payments?
§ The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the MINISTRY of HEALTH (Mr. Ernest Brown)
It is the duty of public assistance authorities to make allowance for any special need arising from an injury or disability. My right hon. Friend cannot undertake to introduce legislation for the purposes referred to, which could not in any case be appropriately dealt with by amendment of the Workmen's Compensation Act or the War Pensions (Administrative Provisions) Act.
§ Mr. MACLEAN
If, when the Ministry of Health go into the matter, they find that the purpose cannot be effected by amending these two Acts, will the hon. Gentleman consider legislation in the direction of the purpose aimed at in my two questions?
§ Major CHARLES MacANDREW
Is not the compensation made to meet what a man has lost in respect of his earning power?