HC Deb 28 March 1995 vol 257 cc534-5W
Sir Gerard Vaughan

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if he will consider legislation to require all cars to carry a first aid box; [16868]

(2) if he will bring forward proposals to require all first-time applicants for driving licences to have a basic knowledge of first aid before being passed for a driving licence. [16867]

Mr. Norris

We have no plans to make compulsory either first aid training for drivers or the carrying of first aid kits in cars. The "Highway Code" contains basic advice on what to do in emergencies and encourages drivers to learn about first aid from voluntary organisations and to carry first aid kits. However, basic training and equipment are of limited use for dealing with injuries in road traffic accidents and the best course of action is to summon skilled medical help as quickly as possible.

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