HC Deb 02 May 1923 vol 163 cc1413-4W

asked the Minister of Pensions whether pre-War pensioners included in the Workmen's Compensation Act, 1906, have been debarred from fully benefiting under the Pensions Increase Act, 1920, owing to the Lords Commissioners of His Majesty's Treasury having taken into consideration First Schedule, Clause 3, of the Workmen's Compensation Act, 1906; and whether, in view of the provisions of the Pensions Increase Act, he will state whether it is proposed to introduce fresh proposals to restore the sum deducted under Clause 3, with an assurance that the Clause will not be used to operate against the interests of beneficiaries?


In accordance with the explicit directions in Clause 3 of the First Schedule to the Workmen's Compensation Act, 1906, the Treasury, in fixing the rate of compensation, have regard to any pension paid to the workman, and in revising the rate from time to time they have regard to any increases or decreases in the amount of pension, whether due to the Pensions (Increase) Act or to other causes. It is not proposed to depart from this practice, which, it will be noted, secures workmen an increase in compensation when the pension decreases owing to quarterly reassessment.