Adventure holiday warning

THE Scottish Government has been urged not to “water down” safety measures for adventure holidays for youngsters.

The warning came as sports minister Shona Robison launched a consultation at Scotland’s national outdoor training centre at Glenmore, near Aviemore, in the wake of plans by the UK Government to replace the statutory Adventure Activities Licensing Authority (AALA) with a new voluntary code of practice. The AALA was set up in 1995 to license caving, climbing, trekking and watersports operators after four teenagers died canoeing at Lyme Bay in Dorset.

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Patrick McGuire, of health and safety campaigners Thompsons Solicitors, said: “Watering down these safety regulations would be dangerous and irresponsible.”