Industrial Diseases (Benefit) Act 1954

JurisdictionUK Non-devolved
Citation1954 c. 16


Industrial Diseases (Benefit) Act, 1954

(2 & 3 Eliz. 2) CHAPTER 16

An Act to amend the Pneumoconiosis and Byssinosis Benefit Act, 1951, by applying it to diseases in respect of which compensation was payable under the Workmen's Compensation Act, 1925, and by making provision for the payment of benefit for partial disablement, and for purposes incidental thereto.

Be it enacted by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

S-1 Extension to other diseases.

1 Extension to other diseases.

(1) The Pneumoconiosis and Byssinosis Benefit Act, 1951 (in this Act referred to as ‘the 1951 Act’) shall apply to any disease in respect of which compensation was payable under the Workmen's Compensation Act, 1925 , by virtue of section forty-three of that Act, as well as to pneumoconiosis and byssinosis.

(2) A scheme under the 1951 Act shall not provide for the payment of benefit in respect of a disease to which the Act is applied by this section, unless the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance is satisfied that the disease is of such a nature that there are likely to be cases where a person suffers from it and it is due to the nature of his employment, but where it does not manifest itself till more than twelve months after he has ceased to be engaged in the employment.

(3) In paragraph (b ) of subsection (1) of section two of the 1951 Act (under which a scheme cannot provide for the payment of benefit in respect of a person's disablement or death if compensation in respect of it has been paid or is payable by virtue of a scheme made or certified under the Workmen's Compensation Acts), for the words ‘by virtue of any scheme made or certified under the Workmen's Compensation Acts’ there shall be substituted the words ‘under the Workmen's Compensation Acts or by virtue of a scheme made or certified thereunder’.

S-2 Extension to cases of partial disablement.

2 Extension to cases of partial disablement.

(1) In paragraph (a of section one of the 1951 Act (under which a scheme may provide for paying benefit to persons totally disabled by a disease to which the Act applies) the word ‘totally’ shall be omitted; but—

(a ) the restrictions which may be imposed by a scheme in respect of the persons to whom benefit is payable under the scheme in respect of their disablement...

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