Dáil Éireann - Volume 111 - 10 June, 1948
Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Workmen's Compensation Rates.
Mr. Lynch Mr. Lynch
Mr. Lynch asked the Minister for Social Welfare if, in view of the inadequacy of the maximum rates of compensation payable under the Workmen's Compensation Act, 1934, and having regard to the high cost of living, he will now introduce proposals for legislation providing for a substantial increase in these rates with a corresponding increase in the rates of weekly compensation for partial incapacity.
Minister for Local Government (Mr. Murphy) for the Minister for Social Welfare (Mr. Norton) Timothy Joseph Murphy
Minister for Local Government (Mr. Murphy) for the Minister for Social Welfare (Mr. Norton): As I stated in reply to a similar question on the 15th April last, examination of the whole subject of workmen's compensation is proceeding in connection with the proposed comprehensive insurance scheme. I hope to publish a White Paper when the examination has been completed and decisions reached on the difficult problems involved.
Mr. Lynch Mr. Lynch
Mr. Lynch: Will the Minister impress upon the Minister for Social Welfare in his examination of this particular subject that an anomalous situation arises under the Workmen's Compensation Act which limits the sum payable to a worker's dependents to £600, but in the case of a worker in receipt of partial compensation, which means that he might also be able to earn a weekly wage in some cases, a sum might be given which when his weekly compensation was being redeemed might be double the amount payable to a workman's dependents on death?  This is an anomalous situation which should not arise under any Act.
Mr. Murphy Mr. Murphy
Mr. Murphy: I am aware that that particular aspect of the pensions scheme is well within the knowledge of the Minister for Social Welfare, and I will be glad to pass on the Deputy's remarks to the Minister. I would also be glad if the Deputy would send on his own views on that particular question to the Minister.
Dáil Éireann 111 Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. Workmen's Compensation Rates.