HC Deb 02 May 1968 vol 763 c1279
22. Mr. Goodhart

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether he will now take steps to ensure that at least one member of the staff of all maintained schools holds a first aid certificate, and that every maintained school is equipped with a first aid kit.

Miss Bacon

It is for the responsible school authorities to consider whether any steps are necessary. The importance of these provisions is stressed in the Department's pamphlet "Safety at School".

Mr. Goodhart

Will the Minister remember that in some schools on an average one child a day gets cut or bruised in the playground and there should be some competent person there to mop them up? Will the right hon. Lady see that a circular is sent out about this?

Miss Bacon

I fully agree with the hon. Member and this is stressed in the pamphlet. The pamphlet stresses that every school should include in its staff teachers who have attended a course of training and taken a certificate in first aid. It also recommends that there should be a fully equipped and readily accessible first aid box. I hope that all local authorities and all schools will comply with this request made in the pamphlet.