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Schools: Accidents

Volume 459: debated on Monday 30 April 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many legal actions were brought against local and Central Government authorities as a consequence of accidents in schools in each year since 1997; (133861)

(2) how many legal actions brought against local and Central Government authorities as a consequence of accidents in schools involved (a) under-16s and (b) under-18s in the last 12 months.

We are not aware of any such actions against this Department. The Government do not collect figures on the number of actions brought against local authorities on accidents in schools, by age or otherwise. Insurers have told Parliament that claims for personal injury in schools are a very small proportion of all such claims to local authorities. Criminal prosecution of a school employer is even rarer.