HC Deb 06 June 1934 vol 290 cc935-6

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he will consider an amendment to the Employers' Liability Ordinance in force in Gibraltar to ensure that more equitable compensation is made to workpeople in respect of personal injury received in the course of their employment?


I assume that what the hon. Member has in mind is the introduction of a Workmen's Compensation Ordinance in place of the existing Employers' Liability Ordinance. The civilian employés of the Service Departments are dealt with under Treasury Warrants which prescribe the scales of compensation and would therefore be exempted from the provisions of any Workmen's Compensation Ordinance. Similarly, the city council has a special scheme for its employés. I have not the precise details of this scheme, but I understand that it is of such a character as would enable the city council to contract out of a Workmen's Compensation Ordinance. The Treasury Warrants and the city council scheme cover the great majority of workmen employed in Gibraltar. In addition to this, there are arrangements for compensation for employés of the Gibraltar Employers' Federation, of which particulars were given in the Rowan Hamilton Committee's report in 1923. The whole question was considered by the Rowan Hamilton Committee, which recommended that in all the circumstances it would be inadvisable to introduce a Workmen's Compensation Ordinance.

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