I wish to present to the House of Commons a public petition from the people of Wellingborough and surrounding areas. The Wellingborough and Rushden Herald and Post, the excellent weekly newspaper for Wellingborough and Rushden, always stands up for the local community and campaigns on important issues. It has recently been highlighting the number of children injured while riding their bikes. The petition has developed out of that outstanding campaign.
The petition declares:
Although the Highway Code states that under the rules for cyclists ‘you should wear a cycling helmet which conforms to current regulations’, it is not compulsory. Last year 5691 children were injured whilst cycling. Of these 28 were killed.
The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons charges the Secretary of State for Transport to bring in proposals to make it compulsory for children to wear a cycle helmet when riding their bikes.
To lie upon the Table.