(3) what steps he will take to co-ordinate the efforts being made variously to improve road safety, notably by the Road Research Laboratories of the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, the motor car manufacturers, the insurance companies, the medical profession, and the British Hat and Allied Feltmakers Research Association.
The Road Research Laboratory, which co-ordinates activities in this field, has done most valuable work on protective helmets for motor cyclists and also on materials for protective caps for motorists and their passengers. This provided the basis of the Regulations on protective helmets for motor cyclists which we made in 1957. It would be premature as yet to set up a standard for protective caps or hats.
Does the Joint Parliamentary Secretary recollect that last week he gave figures of fatal casualties in 1957 which showed that no less than 63·3 per cent. were due to head injuries? Will he, therefore, undertake to do some research into this subject and, when he is satisfied that protective headgear is available for the use of motorists, to give some publicity to the fact for the better safety of motorists?
Yes, Sir. We understand, of course, the significance of the large number of fatalities from head injuries to drivers and passengers in motor cars. When we are satisfied from the research now proceeding that these hats or protective helmets for passengers and drivers are good enough, we shall certainly be prepared to consider the second part of the hon. Member's supplementary question.