Failure to provide the information required under sub-section (1) of this section is a bar to a claim for compensation under this Act, unless the Board is satisfied that the -

In the sentence above, I wonder whether the word 'a bar' means 'prohibiting someone completely' or 'the possibility of prohibiting someone'. (Frankly speaking, I'm not convinced that the usage of the verb 'prohibit' is correct but I just want to know whether it is sort of possibility or not.


A bar means to prohibit. When used in a statute as this is there is no discretion for the prohibition to be waived (subject to whatever the board can be satisfied about).

  • Given the OP is a non-native English speaker, I think you could be clearer that the Board does have some discretion. Nov 3 '16 at 13:01
  • @MartinBonner They only have the discretion that is given to them by the rest of the clause that hasn't been provided. I have said this in the answer.
    – Dale M
    Nov 3 '16 at 22:10
  • You did say that. My point is that you said it in a slightly oblique way - which may be confusing to a non-native speaker. (If this was all in German, I might well have missed the implication of your parenthetical). Nov 4 '16 at 8:52
  • @MartinBonner please make whatever edits you feel will assist
    – Dale M
    Nov 4 '16 at 9:52

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