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Adventure Activities Licensing Authority

Volume 456: debated on Monday 29 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on the role of the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority. (110878)

The licensing authority assures parents, schools and others that providers of high-hazard adventure activities meet an adequate standard of safety for young people not in the charge of their parents. It does this by granting, refusing, revoking or varying a licence to provide those activities, after considering licence applications and obtaining reports from its inspectors; it also investigates complaints and publishes information about licence-holders. In this way the Government help young people to receive instruction or leadership in stimulating activities outdoors (climbing, caving, remote trekking and waterborne activities) without avoidable risks of death or disabling injury.