HC Deb 25 June 1997 vol 296 c529W
Mr. Cohen

To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage if he will make a statement about his Department's policy towards kick boxing.[4086]

Mr. Banks

[holding answer Monday 23 June 1997]: The Government does not regulate kick boxing— any other sport in this country. This is a matter for the relevant governing body, or bodies, acting within the bounds of the law. However, I believe that those in charge of such sports have a duty to ensure they are conducted safely, particularly where there is a risk of injury, and that governing bodies of sport should have the appropriate medical and safety regulations in place. The tragic death of Sean McBride, following his participation in a kick boxing bout in Northern Ireland, highlights the need for governing bodies to take urgent and appropriate action.