HC Deb 19 July 1926 vol 198 cc898-9

asked the Minister of Transport whether, in view of the frequent accidents that are taking place to motor omnibuses and similar vehicles, he will undertake to introduce legislation by which any such vehicle carrying more than 10 persons should be provided with a first-aid outfit?

Colonel ASHLEY

As I have stated before, I have already considered this question, but I am not satisfied that the provision of a first-aid outfit on public service vehicles is of sufficient urgency to justify the introduction of legislation for this purpose.


Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that these vehicles are now going into much more remote parts of the country further away from medical help, and first-aid would prevent suffering and probably avoid casualties?

Colonel ASHLEY

The matter shall be considered, but I have no power at present to deal with it without legislation.

Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

If ships carrying passengers have to have these first-aid outfits, why not chars-a-bane?

Colonel ASHLEY

If something happens to a ship in the middle of the sea there is no other help. On land there is very often a first-aid station or a doctor near at hand.

Lieut. - Commander KENWORTHY

Not in the Highlands.