Home Safety

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 19th November 1964.

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Photo of Mr James Dempsey Mr James Dempsey , Coatbridge and Airdrie 12:00 am, 19th November 1964

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he is aware of the inadequacy of the grant for home safety propaganda; and if he will increase it.

Photo of Mr George Thomas Mr George Thomas , Cardiff West

The grant made by the Home Office towards the home safety work of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents has been £5,000 in each of the financial years 1963–64 and 1964–65. MY right hon. and learned Friend is at present considering an application from the Society for this sum to be increased and he will inform the Society of his decision as soon as possible.

Photo of Mr James Dempsey Mr James Dempsey , Coatbridge and Airdrie

Is my hon. Friend aware that more accidents take place in the home than on the roads, yet a larger amount of money is spent on road safety propaganda than on home safety propaganda? In view of this, will my hon. Friend, while he is considering the application, provide a much more realistic sum of money so as to enable the prevention of accidents in the home to become a reality?

Photo of Mr George Thomas Mr George Thomas , Cardiff West

We are aware that a much larger sum is spent on road safety work, but we do not under-estimate the good work that is done by the Royal Society. Every care will he taken when my right hon. and learned Friend reaches his decision to see if an increase is justified.

Photo of Sir Albert Costain Sir Albert Costain , Folkestone and Hythe

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that in the last Session I had the privilege of introducing a Bill on home safety which gave local authorities greater privileges for spending money on this? Can the hon. Gentleman give us any indication of what moneys have been spent?

Photo of Mr George Thomas Mr George Thomas , Cardiff West

Not without a Question, but I can tell the House that the hon. Gentleman is quite right. Local authorities could do more to help under the Home Safety Act, 1961.