Motor Cars (Safety Standards)

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th July 1968.

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Photo of Mr Hugh Rossi Mr Hugh Rossi , Hornsey 12:00 am, 24th July 1968

asked the Minister of Transport what consultations he has had with British car manufacturers about a safety standards code; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Mr Stephen Swingler Mr Stephen Swingler , Newcastle-under-Lyme

Discussion between the Ministry and the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders about the introduction of new safety features in British made vehicles is a continuing process. The latest development is that described in my right hon. Friend's reply on 8th May to my hon. Friend the Member for Bristol, North-East (Mr. Dobson).—[Vol. 764, c. 74.]

Photo of Mr Hugh Rossi Mr Hugh Rossi , Hornsey

In view of the United States experience over the introduction of a code, does the Minister of State still consider the introduction of a code in Britain desirable? Does not sufficient machinery already exist for the setting down of safety standards?

Photo of Mr Stephen Swingler Mr Stephen Swingler , Newcastle-under-Lyme

The position here is somewhat different on account of the Construction and Use Regulations which we have been issuing for very many years. My right hon. Friends have been taking continuously the initiative in the Economic Commission for Europe to try to get standard practices in Europe, and in that regard to take into account the American safety code. In this process we are working towards notification ourselves.