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Clause 3 — Responsibility

Part of Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism Bill – in the House of Commons at 4:00 pm on 20th October 2014.

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Photo of Andrew Slaughter Andrew Slaughter Shadow Minister (Justice) 4:00 pm, 20th October 2014

I could not agree more. The hon. Gentleman’s comments undermine the whole purpose of this Bill, which is, supposedly, to exhort the public to do things that they would almost certainly do anyway. I do not think the public need this Bill to be encouraged to volunteer or to be told that they should intervene when situations demand. The practical point, which St John Ambulance makes, is that if there was a much greater emphasis on first aid training and on people being competent to intervene, not only would the outcome of interventions be better, but people would feel more confident about intervening. The evidence shows that the principal reason for non-intervention is that people lack the confidence to know what to do and fear that they may make the situation worse. I do not believe for a moment that people do not intervene because of concerns for their own safety.