HC Deb 23 March 1953 vol 513 cc480-1
36. Mr. T. Brown

asked the Minister of National Insurance the number of applications received under the Workmen's Compensation Scheme, 1951, from 8th July, 1951, to 28th February, 1953, setting out the number of total incapacity cases, the number of partial incapacity cases, the number of claims disallowed, and the total amount of compensation paid out to these cases, respectively.

Mr. Peake

The available information is not precisely in the form of the Question, but I am circulating the latest figures in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Mr. Brown

I had the same reply to a similar Question some nine months ago. May I ask if the figures the Minister has now promised to circulate in the OFFICIAL REPORT will contain the number of applications by unfortunate men suffering from pneumoconiosis and silicosis which have been rejected—

Mr. Peake indicated assent.

Mr. Brown

I see the Minister is assenting, but he had better wait a moment. I am referring to those applicants who were certified before this scheme came into operation and received a few weeks' compensation, and are now denied compensation for loss of faculties, because they have been compelled to find work in lighter industries.

Mr. Peake

The figures I propose to circulate will give exactly the information for which the hon. Gentleman asked in his original Question. If there are any further figures, I will let him have them.

Following are the figures:

Period from 11th July, 1951, to 31st December, 1952
Total incapacity Partial incapacity Total
Applications received 749 2,882 3,631
Claims disallowed 470
Deaths of recipients 200

In the last week of December, 1952, approximately £330 was paid for persons totally incapacitated and £2,880 for persons partially incapacitated. Figures for financial years will be published in the yearly accounts of the Industrial Injuries Fund.

There were 124 cases awaiting decision on 31st December.