HC Deb 05 February 1942 vol 377 c1277
48. Mr. George Griffiths

asked the Minister without Portfolio whether he is aware of the serious disparities in the present structure of the social services, including workmen's compensation; and whether his post-war plans will include the consideration of proposals for improvement and for equality of assistance to meet equal measures of social disability?

The Minister without Portfolio (Mr. Arthur Greenwood)

I am fully aware that our system of social services, greatly as it has improved the general standard of life, has certain inequalities, disparities and gaps. It is the primary task of the Interdepartmental Committee under Sir William Beveridge to recommend such improvements as will give uniform assistance in all cases of need. The committee is meeting regularly and hearing evidence. Workmen's compensation is included in its terms of reference.

Mr. Griffiths

Do we understand from that answer that the State-insured person now getting 18s. will get at least a similar amount for compensation, and that compensation is to go up by 50 to 100 per cent.?

Mr. Greenwood

My hon. Friend had better await the report of the committee. What I have said is that the committee are considering equality of treatment for equality of harm or injury.

Mr. Rhys Davies

Is it open to the Beveridge Committee to consider taking workmen's compensation completely out of the hands of insurance companies?

Mr. Greenwood

That is undoubtedly within their terms of reference.