§ 66. Mr. Awbery
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if the Workmen's Compensation Ordinance has yet been passed in Hong Kong; how far payment of compensation is compulsory for industrial accidents; and when the Ordinance will be fully implemented.
§ Mr. Lyttelton
The Hong Kong Workmen's Compensation Bill has not yet been passed, but work on the final draft is nearly finished. It is hoped to launch the scheme with the establishment of district courts, which is proposed for next January. At present, payment of compensation for industrial accidents is voluntary, but very few employers decline to pay.