§ Mr. GEORGE ROBERTS
asked the Home Secretary whether he can now state the result of his communications with the Isle of Man authorities as to the possibility of bringing the Manx workmen within the scope of the Workmen's Compensation Act?
§ Mr. CHURCHILL
I have communicated with the Lieutenant-Governor of the island and am informed by him that no disposition has been shown by the House of Keys, which is the elected House, to legislate on the lines of the Workmen's Compensation Act, nor has there been any strongly pronounced demand on the part of the people of the Island for such a measure. The Employers Liability Bill introduced by the Government in 1901 was rejected by the House of Keys. In these circumstances, he does not propose to take any action at present, but it is open to any member of the House of Keys to introduce a Bill on the subject in that House, or if the House should express a wish to that effect, the Lieutenant-Governor would direct the Attorney-General to prepare a Bill. It would not, in my opinion, be desirable for the Imperial Parliament to legislate on this matter for the Isle of Man.