School Buses

Education and Skills written question – answered on 4th February 2004.

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Photo of Annette Brooke Annette Brooke Shadow Spokesperson (Home Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what representations he has received about safety on school buses; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Stephen Twigg Stephen Twigg Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education and Skills)

holding answer 29 January 2004

The Department for Education and Skills has received representations from the National Association of Head Teachers on behalf of their members following their conference resolution on safety on school buses. We have received similar representations from one individual. I met with the NAHT to discuss safety on school buses on 19 January.

Bus safety legislation falls within the remit of Department for Transport. Local Authorities are required to secure "Best Value" when negotiating home to school transport contracts, and can include a requirement that additional safety measures be included in tenders. When asked to do so we advise authorities to take the safety benefits of seat-belts and other measures into account when considering the suitability of transport for particular journeys.

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