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Ferry-Boat Accident, River Thames (Claim)

Volume 390: debated on Wednesday 2 June 1943

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asked the Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of War Transport whether he is aware that Mr. G. B. Swift, of West Thurrock, fell into the Thames from a ferry-boat owned by the London Midland and Scottish Railway Company and injured himself; that the company admit that this accident occurred through the negligence of one of their officials, but disclaim liability for damages or compensation because of conditions attached to the workman's ticket entitling Swift to travel; and whether he will take steps to remove the legal disability suffered by Swift and others similarly affected?

I am informed that the defence filed by the company to the claim by Mr. Swift was a denial of liability, and that the action was discontinued before the hearing took place. The company then offered to make a payment ex gratia of £5 which was rejected by the claimant, who sought a sum of £10 and a substantial contribution to his costs. I think that the case was dealt with by the company on its merits and I am not satisfied that I should be justified in intervening as suggested by my hon. Friend.