§ Sir David Mitchell
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his answer of 25 November 1994,Official Report, column 381, what information he has on the extent to which the requirement for passenger trains to carry first aid kits is complied with; and if he will investigate the absence of a first aid kit on a train travelling from Basingstoke to Reading on 24 October when Matthew Burridge was injured.
§ Mr. Watts
All passenger trains are checked daily to ensure that they are carrying first aid kits in sealed containers. Any used equipment must be replaced before trains are allowed to leave a depot.
I understand that in the case of the incident concerning Mr. Matthew Burridge, on 24 October, the train in question was carrying a first aid kit. The kit was not used as the conductor had radioed ahead to Reading station for medical assistance, which was given following arrival at the station three minutes later.