HC Deb 09 March 1939 vol 344 cc2367-8W
Sir A. Wilson

asked the Secretary for Mines whether his attention has been called to a decision of the Court of Appeal in 1935 in Gaskell versus St. Helen's Colliery, 1934, 27 B.W.C.C. 32; that an injury befalling a workman in a pit-head bath did not arise out of and in the course of his employment, and was therefore outside the scope of the Workmen's Compensation Act, 1925; and whether he will insert an amendment in the Mining Industry Welfare Fund Bill to alter the law on this subject?

Captain Crookshank

I am aware that injuries befalling workmen whilst using pit-head baths erected by the Miners' Welfare Committee are outside the scope of the Workmen's Compensation Act. Policies of insurance which the trustees of all such baths are required by the Miners' Welfare Committee to take out provide for the payment of compensation in such cases on the same basis as would be payable by employers under the Work-ment's Compensation Act in the case of injuries arising out of or in the course of employment.

I understand this arrangement has proved to be quite satisfactory, and there are no grounds for any amendment of the law on the subject.

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