HC Deb 24 October 1935 vol 305 cc302-4

asked the Home Secretary whether he can now state the names of the committee on the operation of the Workmen's Compensation Act in relation to the settlement of claims by the payment of lump sums, the position of medical referees, miners' nystagmus, and other matters?


Yes, Sir. In addition to the Chairman (His Honour Judge Stewart) the committee will comprise representatives of the Home Office, the Ministry of Health and the Department of Health for Scotland (two of whom will be doctors) and two representatives each of employers and workers. I will, with my hon. Friend's permission, circulate the names in the OFFICIAL REPORT.


While thanking my hon. and gallant Friend for that answer, may I ask him whether the Home Office and other Departments concerned will also see their way to investigate the closely-allied question of the restoration of the working capacity of those injured by accidents?


Yes, Sir, my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary and the Minister of Health have decided jointly to appoint an interdepartmental committee to inquire into this question. It will probably suit the convenience of the House if I also circulate its terms of reference in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Following is the information:

Departmental Committee on Workmen's Compensation Act.

List of Members.

Inter-Departmental Committee on the Treatment of Persons Injured in Industrial, Road or Other Accidents.

Terms of Reference.

To inquire into the arrangements at present in operation with a view to the restoration of the working capacity of persons injured by accidents, and to report as to what improvements or developments are desirable, and what steps are expedient to give effect thereto, regard being had to the recommendations made in the report issued by the British Medical Association in February, 1935, on "Fractures."