HC Deb 27 November 1934 vol 295 cc676-7

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he is aware of the case of George James Jones, of Burton Street, South Elmsall, who is totally incapaci- tated from work by an accident to his eye, which has also affected the other one, and the decision of Judge W. Stewart at the Pontefract County Court, on the 29th October, 1934, that he had come to the conclusion with reluctance that the application must be dismissed; and whether he will introduce amendments to the Workmen's Compensation Acts in this Session to deal with all such cases?

The SECRETARY of STATE for the HOME DEPARTMENT (Sir John Gilmour)

The hon. Member appears to have been misinformed. I understand on inquiry that the Judge found that but for the condition of his right eye the man would still have been fit for work, and that this condition was not an effect of the accident to the left eye and arose some time later. There would be obvious objections to giving compensation for incapacity due to any physical defect or illness supervening after and not resulting from the accidental injury; and I do not think such an extension of the Act could be justified.


Does not my right hon. Friend consider that the law with regard to these one-eye cases is at present very unsatisfactory?

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