MP Chris Bryant calls for parliamentary inquiry over concussion in sport

• 'Football Association and Rugby Football Union are in denial'
• Issue to be raised with health and sport departments

A parliamentary inquiry should be convened to highlight the dangers of concussion in sport because organisations such as the Football Association and the Rugby Football Union are in denial, the MP Chris Bryant has said.

The Labour MP told the Commons all the evidence now showed concussion could prove fatal, especially in young players. At the weekly business statement in the House, he urged Commons leader Andrew Lansley to back an inquiry in a bid to save lives. Lansley said he could not offer such an action but pledged to raise the issue with the Department of Health and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Bryant said: "All the scientific evidence now agrees that concussion can be fatal and yet many of the sporting bodies in this country – including the RFU, Welsh Rugby Union, the FA, Premiership and many other sports are in complete denial about the danger posed to many of their players and, in particular, young players.

"I don't want a debate on this because I think the danger is too serious. I want you … to organise with me the setting up of a parliamentary commission of inquiry into concussion in sport, so we can save people's lives."

Lansley, a former health secretary, replied: "I can't offer you that. I recognise the problem, indeed, with my health interests over many years I can remember a number of occasions neurologists describing to me some of the difficulties and some of those doctors have been at the forefront of making the case to some of the sporting bodies you're talking about.

"I will address this issue both to the Department of Health and at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to see if they can facilitate some response." © 2014 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds

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