§ Mr. Ernie Ross
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) when he last met his European partners to discuss the use of jump seats on tourist buses; and if he will make a statement;
(2) whether he will introduce legislation to ban jump seats on tourist buses.
§ Mr. Atkins
[holding answer 26 April 1990]: British requirements for folding crew seats are similar to those in other European countries. This Department is involved closely in the current European Commission work on a draft directive to cover all safety aspects relating to bus and coach construction, including these seats. It would he premature for Ministers to discuss appropriate EC requirements before the technical work is complete.