HC Deb 17 October 1972 vol 843 cc35-6W
Mr. Meacher

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) whether he will set up an official inquiry into the criteria for the award of compensation for personal injuries, and ensure that the terms of reference cover all types of personal injury irrespective of cause;

  1. (2) if he will seek powers to ensure that all awards of compensation for personal injuries paid by various relevant bodies shall take account of inflation on an agreed uniform basis as he may recommend;
  2. (3) if he will seek to establish a State insurance fund to provide adequate compensation for all persons subject to personal injury, irrespective of its cause, and of their capacity to prove the liability of a third party.

Sir K. Joseph

The question of compensation for injuries other than that provided under the National Insurance Acts is outside my responsibilities. The Government have no proposals to extend State insurance into other fields but con- sideration is being given to the recommendation in the Robens Committee Report on Safety and Health at Work that there should be an inquiry into the present system of common law actions.