36. Mr. Michael J. Foster
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what plans he has to increase the powers of school crossing patrols. 116W
§ Mr. Hill
My noble Friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions announced on 18 November 1998 that School Crossing Patrols would be given increased powers so that they can help any child or adult across the road and that the time restrictions on when they can operate will be removed.
The proposal to extend the powers of school crossing patrols was included in our White Paper, "A New Deal for Transport: Better for Everyone". It is a clear commitment. We will implement this proposal when a suitable legislative opportunity arises.