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Criminal Injuries Compensation

Volume 300: debated on Monday 10 November 1997

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To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what measures he is taking to ensure that those claiming compensation for injuries incurred at work are not obliged to prove that their injury was caused by another. [14569]

The arguments on whether or not the burden of proof should be reversed in respect of accidents occurring in the workplace are finely balanced and the Government have no plans to disturb the existing arrangements. In a report recently presented to the Lord Chancellor by Sir Peter Middleton, a recommendation was made that the possible advantages of no-fault compensation schemes be examined. The Government are considering this together with Sir Peter's other recommendations.