HC Deb 02 November 1948 vol 457 cc669-70
34. Mr. S. 0. Davies

asked the Minister of National Insurance how many persons injured before 5th July, 1948, and in receipt of Workmen's Compensation, were awarded the unemployability supplement and constant attendance allowance under the Industrial Injuries Act, or sickness benefit under the National Insurance Act.

Mr. J. Griffiths

I regret that the detailed information asked for is not available. Allowances under Section 82 of the Industrial Injuries Act to persons in receipt of Workmen's Compensation, namely, unemployability supplement or constant attendance allowance, or in some cases both, have been awarded in 434 cases, but we have no information as to the number of cases in which a person is drawing sickness benefit concurrently with Workmen's Compensation.

Mr. Davies

In thanking the Minister for his very encouraging answer, which will give great pleasure to the organised workers of this country, may I ask whether he can promise to give full details later of the numbers of people who are in receipt of Workmen's Compensation and sickness benefit?

Mr. Griffiths

Yes. There is a substantially larger number of cases of men who were in receipt of Workmen's Compensation before 5th July who are receiving sickness benefit, and I believe that by the provision of sickness benefit and unemployability allowance we are now making awards to many people who were in receipt of compensation before 5th July.