§ Mr. Gardner
asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that under a Government scheme of workmen's compensation framed in 1913 in substitution for the provisions of the Workmen's Compensation Acts, cost of living bonuses are being appropriated in relief of compensation for injury; that cost of living bonuses are not an increase in actual earnings and that any injured workman who under these conditions has the amount of compensation awarded to him reduced is suffering a loss not contemplated by the framers of the Government scheme and contrary to the spirit of the Workmen's Compensation Acts; and whether he will take action to remedy this injustice?
§ Mr. H. Morrison
I wrote to my hon. Friend on 24th November explaining fully the position in regard to these old cases. In view of the decisions of Parliament in regard to the retrospective application of recent amending Workmen's Compensation legislation, I am afraid that there is no action I can take in the matter.