§ 79. Mr. Thornton
asked the Minister of Transport if he will make a statement on the fatal accident to an eight year old child at a school road crossing in Walkden, Lancashire, on 13th March.
§ Mr. Marples
I much regret that this accident resulted in the death of a young child and I extend my deepest sympathy to the relatives in their tragic loss. I understand that an inquest has been held, which recorded a verdict of "accidental death". Arrangements for the patrolling of school crossings are a matter for the appropriate local authority, except in the case of the Metropolitan Police District, where the appropriate authority is the Commissioner of Police. On this aspect of the accident, therefore, I do not think it would be appropriate for me to make any comment.