Amateur Sports Players (Insurance)

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 5th December 1968.

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Photo of Mr Lewis Carter-Jones Mr Lewis Carter-Jones , Eccles 12:00 am, 5th December 1968

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science (1) if he will consider seeking powers to establish a national scheme for providing adequate insurance cover for amateur players in all sports; and if he will make a statement;

(2) if he will hold discussions with representatives of each amateur sport in this country with a view to devising appropriate insurance schemes to cover the risk of injury, disablement or death to players involved in each sport; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Mr Denis Howell Mr Denis Howell , Birmingham Small Heath

Insurance cover for amateur players is essentially a matter for the governing bodies of sport and the individuals concerned. The Central Council of Physical Recreation has recently drawn the attention of governing bodies to the value of having a comprehensive insurance scheme and is always ready to advise them on the introduction of a Scheme suited to their particular sport.

Photo of Mr Lewis Carter-Jones Mr Lewis Carter-Jones , Eccles

My hon. Friend and I have something in common. He referees in soccer, and I referee in rugby. Does he agree that consideration should be given to the provision of adequate cover in each sport, and to easy administration to enable voluntary workers in each sport to cover every player in the sport? Is he aware that a large number of injuries go unrecorded, and that therefore sports players are at a disadvantage compared with workmen under the Industrial Injuries Act?

Photo of Mr Denis Howell Mr Denis Howell , Birmingham Small Heath

I am aware of most of those considerations. My hon. Friend will be glad to know that since he put down the Question there has been a conference of 58 governing bodies in sport, and because the Question was put down I asked the Director of the Sports Council to draw their attention to the subject and to its importance.

Photo of Sir Harwood Harrison Sir Harwood Harrison , Eye

Does the Minister agree that the normal insurance market at Lloyd's and the tariff companies is perfectly adequate to deal with such insurance?

Photo of Mr Denis Howell Mr Denis Howell , Birmingham Small Heath

There are very good insurance schemes available to sports clubs. I shall be glad and anxious to make them well known to those bodies which do not yet use them.