HC Deb 24 May 1911 vol 26 cc409-10W

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his attention has been called to the cases where, owing to the liquidation of an injured workman's employer and also the insurance company insuring the said employer, the said workman has been deprived of all compensation; and whether he will take any steps either to give an injured workman the benefit of any recoveries from an insurance policy or to vest in the injured workman the benefit of an insurance policy or by legislation to insure for the workman adequate compensation in the event of loss arising from the liquidation of the insurance company or employer or either of them?


A case of this kind was recently brought to my notice. The Act already makes provision for vesting in the workman, in the event of the bankruptcy of the employer, the benefit of any insurance policy into which the employer may have entered. The question of making further provision so as to protect the workman against loss of compensation through the bankruptcy of an uninsured employer or the bankruptcy of an insurance company are questions of much difficulty, which must come under considera-

tion in connection with any review of the working of the Act.