HC Deb 21 December 1973 vol 866 cc447-8W
Mr. Alfred Morris

asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will introduce legislation to require racehorse owners to insure jockeys and stable lads against riding injuries resulting in death or disablement; what consultation his Department has had with the horseracing authorities on this matter; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Dudley Smith

No. All employers are required by the Employers' Liability (Compulsory Insurance) Act 1969 to insure against their liability to their employees for personal injuries sustained in the course of their employment. In addition, the wider issue raised by the hon. Member is relevant to the examination being carried out by the Royal Commission on Civil Liability and Compensation for Personal Injury under the chairmanship of Lord Pearson.