MR. HELDER ON THE  
WORKMEN'S COMPENSATION BILL.


Speaking in the House of Commons on Monday evening on the Workman's
Compensation Bill, Mr. HELDER said he had no objection to a scheme for compensation,
but he had no idea that the whole of the cost would be thrown on the
employers.

In West Cumberland many of the coal and iron traders even now found it a
very difficult thing to carry on their business, but an accident might affect
them in a most serious and prejudicial manner. He considered it would be a
better plan to allow associations, or arrangements between the employers and the
workmen, because under the suggested system the change on the employers might
become a burden too heavy for them to bear. Besides he did not see what was
to be done in the case of the large funds which had before this been
contributed after very serious accidents had happened, or how in the future one could
ask the public to contribute.

They had been told by the Member for Gainsborough that it would amount to an
extra 2d per ton on coal, and it might be the same as iron ore, which would
make it a very serious consideration indeed on the iron industry. Therefore,
though he should vote for the second reading of the Bill, he hoped it would be
very seriously considered in Committee.


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