HC Deb 26 October 1977 vol 936 cc824-5W
Mr. Ronald Brown

asked the Secretary of State for Transport, in the light of the number of vacant school crossing patrol points in Greater London, whether he is satisfied with the road safety facilities at such crossings; and if he will make a statement on his proposals to improve safety precautions for school children using the crossings.

Mr. Horam:

The provision of school crossing patrols in London is entirely within the discretion of the Metropolitan Police and the Common Council of the City of London. The service is subject to the same expenditure constraints as other services.

Younger children find it difficult to use pedestrian crossings properly, and patrols are a valuable safety measure for those who go unaccompanied on the roads. We are confident that, within the resources available, patrols will continue to be provided where the need is most urgent and trained staff can be provided.

Guidance on how to cross the road safely is an important part of a child's education and we shall continue to sponsor national publicity, and to support the activities of local authorities and of RoSPA, on this subject. We also urge drivers to take special care when children are about. However, the safest course is for parents to escort young children to and from school.