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MCofS Responds to Scottish Government Consultation on Adventurous Activities

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Date Added:29 February 2012

Mountaineering Council of Scotland Responds to Scottish Government Consultation on Adventurous Activities

Responding today to the Scottish Government's consultation into developing a safety system for Adventurous Activities the MCofS stated that it believes that a licensing scheme for mountaineering club activities is unwarranted and unnecessary and urged member clubs to respond individually to the consultation.

The MCofS response also stated that clubs organise their activities effectively on the basis of shared knowledge and experience, leading to the improvement of individual skills and self-reliance, and that there is no evidence from either experience or Mountain Rescue Committee of Scotland statistics that there is a need for a mechanism for regulation for recreational mountaineering activities. In fact,, mountaineering incident statistics show that the number of incidents is decreasing whilst there is an increase in participation levels.

The MCofS further believes that the introduction of a mechanism for regulating adventure activities in the context of volunteer- led clubs would be a barrier to increasing both volunteer support for, and participation in, mountaineering activities, and would in turn have an adverse impact on the Scottish Government’s stated purpose to increase ‘healthy life expectancy in Scotland’.

Details of the background to the consultation and how to respond may be found here.

Full details of the MCofS Response to the Consultation may be found here.



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