§ Mr. Jamieson
To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage if he will make a statement about the contribution made by the Sports Council in drawing up the code of practice for outdoor adventure activity providers.
§ Mr. Sproat
The Sports Council is contributing its expertise to the development of a voluntary accreditation scheme for outdoor activity providers through its membership of the English tourist board's activity centre advisory committee. This Department has observer status on ACAC. The new code of practice, agreed at the committee's last meeting, will provide an important mechanism for ensuring that centres operate to nationally agreed safety standards. The committee has also agreed a programme of pilot inspections over the summer as part of the process of devising sports-specific guidelines and the Sports Council and the English tourist board will be helping to fund this work.