Mr. Robert G Hughes
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will list the number of children who turn up at hospital because of playground accidents for every month since his Department started collecting figures; and if he will make a statement about those figures.
§ Mr. Nicholls
[pursuant to his reply, 9 December 1988,c.381]: My earlier reply gave details, in a table, of injuries to children 18 years of age or younger as reported to the Health and Safety Executive's factory and agricultural inspectorates. I regret that the table contained an error.
There were no fatal accidents to children in playgrounds other than school playgrounds in 1987–88.
The following table gives the correct figures.
become more competitive and more viable, and that it would be in a better position to seize opportunities for business if it were in the private sector where it could adopt best commercial practices. My right hon. Friend's reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Stamford and Spalding (Mr. Davies) on 21 December, at column 331, announced the appointment of Deloitte, Haskins and Sells to advise on the feasibility of such a move. Its terms of reference do not cover the cost of closure of all skillcentres, and we have no plans to ask it for such an estimate.