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Update on proposal to abolish the AALA - May 2014

All providers

There have been no changes to the licensing arrangements at this time. Until a decision is made on what the future arrangements will be for safety management, adventure activity providers are reminded that it is ‘business as usual’. If you are a provider of an activity in scope of the current arrangements, you must still hold a valid licence.

Situation in England

The AALA will be retained though its scope and future delivery mechanism are yet to be decided.

Situation in Scotland

Scottish Ministers have decided to retain a statutory regime for adventure activities. The Scottish Government has begun work with stakeholders on the future regime for Scotland.We will continue to work with them as their arrangements are developed. There is presently no date for any changes to take place as these will be subject to Parliamentary processes.

Once the timings and nature of any changes are clear, we will work with the Scottish Government to ensure providers are informed in good time of any transitional arrangements and decisions they need to make.

Situation in Wales

The Welsh Assembly Government also intends to retain a statutory regime for adventure activities. We will continue to work with them as any future arrangements for adventure activities are developed. We will give information on developments as and when they occur.

Information for users

If you are planning to use a provider offering activities within scope, you should still check they hold a valid licence.