HL Deb 05 March 1992 vol 536 cc29-30WA
Lord Molloy

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will review the provisions of the Social Security Act 1989 relating to victims of industrial accidents.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Social Security (Lord Henley)

The principle that accident victims should not be compensated twice has been a feature of the social security scheme since 1948. The compensation recovery scheme has merely replaced the old and inconsistent arrangements by which compensators gained at the expense of the taxpayer.

We are reviewing the administrative arrangements now that the scheme has been in operation for 18 months, but we have no plans to change compensation recovery policy.