§ Mr. Wyn Roberts
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will seek powers to ensure that members of mountain climbing expeditions in the United Kingdom are properly insured against accidents and costs arising there-from.
§ Mr. Eldon Griffiths
No. Insurance cover for mountain climbing expeditions, or for any other hazardous pursuit, is a matter for the individual participant. Mountain rescue operations, in the event of an accident, are regarded as a public service and the costs are not recovered from those rescued.