§ Sir Robert Smith
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what measures he proposes to improve safety on school bus services in Scotland. 
§ Mr. McLeish
The Government recognise the importance of high safety standards on school transport. Regulations, which are already in place, cover issues such as bus and coach construction, operator licensing and conduct and these apply equally across the board to all Public Service Vehicles. Construction regulations have recently been amended to require seat belts for children on minibuses and coaches when used on specific journeys. Decisions about the provision of supervision on school transport are for education authorities, as part of their overall responsibilities to provide a school transport service. Guidance on the provision of school transport, including safety matters, was issued by The Scottish Office to local authorities in April 1996.