§ Mr. Sorensen
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware of the" hardship of men receiving an injury allowance under the 1913 Government scheme of compensation by which the allowance is reduced proportionately to any cost-of-living or similar increase in his present wages; and whether, as this actually de-values the compensation, he intends to take action to prevent cost-of-living or similar bonuses being inequitably used to justify a reduction in compensation value?
§ Captain Crookshank
Under the 1913 scheme compensation with post-injury earnings cannot exceed pre-injury earnings. Until this point is reached however compensation is not reduced unless there has been a reduction of the incapacity. This maximum limit to compensation is in accordance with the Workmen's Compensation Act, 1906, for which the scheme was substituted under the certificate of the Registrar of Friendly Societies certifying that it was not less favourable than the Act. In these circumstances my right hon. Friend does not think it is necessary to vary the provisions of the scheme.