HC Deb 08 February 1954 vol 523 cc809-10
6. Mr. Proctor

asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance if he will appoint a committee to examine and report upon cases where it is contended that benefit under the Industrial Injuries Act has been denied to a workman or his dependants whereas benefit would have been paid under the provisions of the Workmen's Compensation Acts.

Mr. Peake

No, Sir. I do not think that such an inquiry would serve any useful purpose.

Mr. Proctor

Is the Minister aware that a workman injured while passing over his employer's premises when proceeding to work receives no benefit under the Act and that there is considerable feeling among workers on the subject? If the right hon. Gentleman will not consider setting up a committee would he receive a deputation of hon. Members interested in this matter?

Mr. Peake

I should be happy to discuss this matter with any hon. Members who are interested. I would add that the Industrial Injuries Act is a wider and a better scheme than the old workmen's compensation Acts.