HC Deb 22 November 1911 vol 31 c1333W

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer how he can explain the statement in the copy of memorandum on sickness and invalidity insurance in Germany that the charge for accident compensation per person employed in the wool and worsted trades in the United Kingdom amounts to 1s. 1d. per head, whilst the expenditure incurred per person employed by the Mutual Association in Germany amounts to 5s. 1¼d.; and can he state whether benefits are correspondingly greater in Germany than in the United Kingdom, or whether accidents are proportionately more numerous?


The higher cost of accident compensation per person in Germany is no doubt due mainly to the different system under which employers insure themselves against liability in that country and to the different principles of compensation adopted. A comparison of the frequency of accidents in the two countries would entail special inquiries which I am not in a position to make.