HC Deb 08 May 1968 vol 764 cc393-4
43. Sir Frank Pearson

asked the Minister of Transport if, in order to ensure the safety of engine drivers and firemen, he will obtain a report from the Inspector of Accidents into the death of a fireman while the train passed under a bridge near Burnley.

Mr. Marsh

The Railways Board has sent me a report on this unfortunate accident. I understand that a joint inquiry was made by the Burnley Borough Police and the British Transport Police, Midland Area; the inquest has been adjourned until 21st May, and I cannot anticipate the verdict. In the meantime, I should like to take this opportunity to express my sympathy to the bereaved.

Sir Frank Pearson

While wishing to add my sympathy to that expressed by the right hon. Gentleman to the bereaved and while thanking the Minister for that Answer, may I ask him to ask his right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Education to see if something can be done through the schools to inculcate a greater degree of responsibility among young people in regard to this type of accident?

Mr. Marsh

I have a great deal of sympathy with the point made by the hon. Gentleman. The tragedy is that small children do strange things from time to time; but I agree that this is a point that might well be brought home to the schools.