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Adventure licensing to stay 27/06/12 [S]

The Scottish Government has published an analysis report produced by Scottish Government, Sport and Physical Activity officials following the consultation which was held on developing a safety system for Adventure Activities in Scotland.

The UK Government has decided to abolish the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority (AALA), the organisation responsible for licensing a number of adventure activities delivered to young people across the UK. The current statutory inspection and licensing regime is to be replaced in England with a voluntary system.

Consultation respondents were invited to give their views on three options for Scotland:

  • Adopting the model proposed by the UK Government
  • Introducing a non-statutory, voluntary accreditation scheme
  • Introducing a statutory scheme
The Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport, Shona Robison, determined that a statutory licensing scheme should be maintained for adventure activities in Scotland. The Minister wrote to the UK Government on 11 June 2012 outlining this position.

The retention of statutory licensing addresses the strong steer from local authorities and education respondents to the consultation of the need for a statutory scheme to provide the reassurance that parents require and more broadly to users, their families and the wider public.

The Scottish Government will continue to work closely with stakeholder in taking forward the necessary arrangements for the retention of licensing in Scotland.

For full details see Consultation on developing a safety system for Adventure Activities in Scotland - Analysis of Consultation Responses which is available from the Scottish Government website.

Further Information

Consultation on developing a safety system for Adventure Activities in Scotland - Analysis of Consultation Responses
Scottish Government news release