§ Mr. Freud
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science (1) what information is available to his Department in respect of the numbers of schoolchildren injured whilst taking part in work experience placements in any year;
(2) what representations he has received about the exclusion of schoolchildren on work experience placements from the National Insurance (Industrial Injuries) Act; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Chris Patten
None. We are, however, currently reviewing the legal, health and safety aspects of work experience for young people, taking account of requests from a number of LEAs for further guidance in this area.