Throwline stations around open bodies of water to be debated by MPs
19 January 2022
On Monday 24 January, MPs will debate a petition relating to Throwline stations around open bodies of water.
- Watch the debate (from 4.30pm, Monday 24 January)
- Read the debate transcript (available shortly after the conclusion of the debate)
- Follow the Committee on Twitter and join the discussion using #ThrowlineStationsDebate
Nick Fletcher MP, a member of the Petitions Committee, has been asked by the Committee to open the debate. MPs from all parties can take part, and the Government will send a minister to respond.
Mark Allen's Law - we want throwline stations around all bodies of open water
The petition, which has more than 103,000 signatures, states: “Mark Allen, aged 18, drowned after jumping into a freezing reservoir on a hot day in June 2018. In May 2019 we watched whilst 3 throwlines were installed where he died. Mark could have possibly been saved if they were in place beforehand.”
In response to the petition, provided on 1 July 2021, the Government said: “This tragic loss of life highlights the importance of landowner's responsibility to assess and act on the risks posed by open bodies of water on their land.”
What are petitions debates?
Petitions debates are 'general' debates which allow MPs from all parties to discuss the important issues raised by one or more petitions, and put their concerns to Government Ministers.