§ 25. Mr. Awbery
asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance the amount of benefits paid out for industrial injuries in 1957; and, in view of the fact that more productive time is lost through accidents in industry than through strikes, what steps are being taken to bring these facts to the attention of the workers and to reduce the number of accidents.
§ Mr. Boyd-Carpenter
The total amount paid out for benefits under the industrial injuries scheme for 1957 was about £34 million, of which it is estimated that about £11 million was for injury benefit in respect of incapacity for work because of accidents.
Accident prevention and safety in industry is within the responsibility of my right hon. Friends who fully share the hon. Member's view of the importance of urging these matters on the attention of both workers and employers.