A Government minister highlighted the case where a Sheffield gala had to remove its donkey rides in a bizarre row over red tape.
Brandon Lewis told the Commons there were no laws requiring children to wear helmets for such rides. In June organisers of Beighton Gala were told by Sheffield Council their animal provider needed a ‘riding school licence’ to make sure riders wore helmets.
Mr Lewis, who represents Great Yarmouth, said: “There’s the case of council bureaucrats banning donkey rides for children at a village fete because of health and safety concerns. If we’re banning donkey rides then most of our seaside resorts are in big trouble.
“There is of course nothing in health and safety law that stops children enjoying a holiday donkey ride or that requires them to wear helmets.”