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Industrial Injury Benefit (Pearson Committee)

Volume 979: debated on Wednesday 20 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what action he proposes to take on the recommendation of the Pearson committee on the payment of industrial injury benefit in respect of accidents going to and from work.

The question whether such accidents should be covered by the industrial injuries scheme is considered in a discussion document prepared by officials, publication of which I have announced in reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Sevenoaks (Mr. Wolfson) today. The document makes no firm recommendation on this or many other questions about the scheme but invites comments from interested persons and organisations.