HUDDERSFIELD MP Barry Sheerman wants the Government to find extra cash for school trips.
The MP - who chairs the Education Select Committee - welcomed Education Secretary Ruth Kelly's announcements on greater protection for teachers who lead trips.
But he stressed ministers must commit more money to outdoor education.
Mrs Kelly said teachers had to be certain they would not face action if problems occurred on school trips and said the new guidelines would help.
Mr Sheerman commented: "I welcome the very positive way the Government is seeking to deal with the problems.
"My one concern is that there is no mention in the Secretary of State's announcement of extra funding for these activities.
"We considered this to be essential to ensure that pupils at schools in more deprived areas should not be denied the opportunity for outdoor education because their families cannot afford to pay transport and other costs.
"I will be asking Ruth Kelly about this issue in particular when she meets the Committee for the first time on March 2."
Professional Association of Teachers general secretary Jean Gemmell said: "We will need to study and respond to the Government's plans in detail, but we hope that these proposals will reassure teachers, support staff and parents.
"Parents can reasonably expect safety to be the paramount consideration on school trips
"Serious incidents have to be investigated, but we must remove the fear factor.
"The benefits of outdoor education should - and do - far outweigh the concerns."