HC Deb 27 January 1947 vol 432 cc134-5W
153. Mr. S. Silverman

asked the Attorney-General what remedy is now open to employees in royal ordnance factories who are injured in circumstances which would give them a right to damages at Common Law against private employers.

The Attorney-General

I would refer my hon. Friend to the reply given to the hon. Member for Barnard Castle (Mr. Lavers) on 21st November last. As then stated, where the alleged injury is caused by the wrongful act of a servant of the Crown, that servant may be sued and all proper facilities will be given to the claimant to enable him to identify the wrong-doer and to institute proceedings. In any case where this procedure is inappropriate, the Crown will be prepared to submit the claim to arbitration in such a way as to ensure that it can be adjudicated upon on its merits. As has already been stated, it is hoped to introduce legislation dealing with proceedings as soon as Parliamentary time is available.