§ Mr. Urwin
asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance (1) if she is aware that pensions under the Workmen's Compensation Act, 1925, have not increased compatibly with those awarded under the National Insurance (Industrial Injuries) Act, 1947; and if she will take steps to secure parity;
(2) if she will review the method of assessing notional earnings in their relationship to disability pensions under the Workmen's Compensation Act, 1925, in view of the considerably higher wages now being earned in industry.
§ Miss Herbison
The maximum rates of compensation payable under the Workmen's Compensation Acts have not been increased since their repeal in 1948. Special allowances out of the Industrial Injuries Fund have, however, since then become payable under various enactments in supplementation of the workmen's compensation in payment to the totally disabled and others whose payments have reached the rate of workmen's compensation maximum. I have been actively studying the facts of a very difficult and complex situation but I cannot say more than this at the present stage.