HC Deb 08 July 1971 vol 820 cc1503-4
17. Mr. David Clark

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what advice she gives to local education authorities concerning insurance cover for schoolchildren on official out-of-school activities.

Mrs. Thatcher

No general advice has been given. Authorities were advised in 1967 to consider the need for insurance cover in respect of the special risks incurred by pupils visiting industry. The Department's Education Pamphlet No. 53 draws attention to the insurance question in connection with activities afloat and in the air.

Mr. Clark

I thank the right hon. Lady for that reply. In the light of the continuing and welcome trend for schoolchildren to participate in out-of-school activities, would she now consider once again circularising local authorities to try to ensure that adequate insurance cover is provided by all authorities?

Mrs. Thatcher

I have already pointed out that this matter is dealt with in Education Pamphlet No. 53. We will see whether there is need to up-date the advice.