§ Mr. Ifor Davies
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will bring forward proposals to regulate the sport of hang-gliding, in view of the number of serious accidents resulting from it.
§ Mr. Monro
The governing body for hang-gliding, the British Hang-gliding Association, has its own very strict safety rules and the sport is also governed by regulations laid down by the Civil Aviation Authority.
We know that the BHGA takes its safety measures most seriously and enforces them diligently.
We do not believe that intervention by Government in these arrangements is necessary. A number of sports and outdoor activities involve some element of risk, and these are knowingly accepted by participants.