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Workmen's Compensation I IMPORTANT PHASE OF THE 25 PER CENT. ADVANCE. Whether the 25 per cent. advance under the Workmen's Compensation War Addition Act, 1917, is to be taken into account in assessing balances of compensation due to dependants of deceased workers was the issue in a case brought before Judge Roberts at Merthyr on Thursday. The widow of a Mcrthyr Vale miner, David Thomas Ffoulkes, claimed from the Nixon Navi- gation Company (Ltd.) compensation amounting to £ 220 12s. 4d. Mr. Lovar, .Eraser (instructed by Messrs. Mor- gan. Bruce, Nicholas and Porcher, Pontypridd) for plaintiff, submitted that in the determina- tion of compensation due to the woman respond- ents were not entitled to deduct the 2/5 per cent. allowed Ffoulkes from September 1st last to the dat-e of his death. From the time of the acci- dent, April, 1916, to September 1st, 1917, he was made weekly payments of IB/ which on the coming into operation of the Act on the latter date, were increased to 91 2s. 7d. The maximum compensation payable in respect to the man was £ 282 2s., and the amount paid into court by the colliery company, 2215 17s. Id. Mr. D. W. Jones, Merthyr, for respondents, contended the increase granted under the Act of 1917 was weekly compensation, and therefore should be deducted in making up the compensa- tion balance, and the Act could not be read to mean an increasing of the obligations of em- ployers with regard to the maximum sum pay- able. The sum to be paid dependents came en- tirely within the Act of 1906. His Honour reserved the judgment until the next Court.

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