HL Deb 17 July 1905 vol 149 cc847-8

House in Committee (according to order).

[The Earl of ONSLOW in the Chair.]

Clause 1:—


said he desired to move an Amendment to meet the views expressed by the noble Lord opposite (Lord Heneage) on a previous occasion in reference to Sub-section (4) of Clause 1. The object, of the Bill was to give the employee a remedy against the ship owner; it did not change the law, but simply gave effect to the law by preventing the shipmaster sailing away and leaving the employee without anybody against whom he could bring an action. Under the present Act the employee could bring an action against either his immediate employer or the shipowner. The Amendment provided that if the employee brought the action against his employer, the employer should have the same remedies against the shipowner as the employee would have had; he would be able to arrest the ship. The Amendment was practically agreed, and he would simply move.

Amendment moved— In page 2, lines 16 to 25, to leave out Sub-section (4), and to insert '(4) the words "person applying" in this section shall include I an employer who has paid compensation or against whom a claim for compensation has been made under the Workmen's Compensation Act, 1897, as amended by any subsequent enactment, if he shows the Judge that he probably is or will become entitled to be indemnified under that Act, and in such case this section shall apply as if the employer were the person claiming damages in respect of personal injuries.'"—(Lord Ludlow.)

On Question, Amendment agreed to.

Clause 1, as amended, agreed to.

Remaining clauses agreed to.

Bill recommitted to the Standing Committee; and to be printed as amended. (No. 145.)

House adjourned at five minutes before Seven o'clock, till To-morrow, half-past Ten o'clock.