HC Deb 27 February 1956 vol 549 cc88-9W
67. Mr. Finch

asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance whether he is now in a position to make a statement concerning an increase in rates of compensation to persons who come within the provisions of the Workmen's Compensation Acts.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

I have been having discussions on this question with the T.U.C. and encouraging progress has been made. The Government are fully aware of the need for reviewing the position of the totaly incapacitated men who are receiving workmen's compensation payments and I hope, in due course, to be able to produce a measure which the House will regard as a worth while improvement for these men.

Mr. Deer

asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance if he is aware of the plight of the persons who are drawing inadequate Workmen's Compensation benefits; and what steps he is now taking to supplement these sums out of the Industrial Injuries Fund.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

I would refer the hon. Member to the reply given today to the hon. Member for Bedwellty (Mr. Finch).