Commencement of Regulations

Part of Orders of the Day — Road Traffic (Seat Belts) Bill – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 22nd February 1980.

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Photo of Kenneth Clarke Kenneth Clarke Parliamentary Secretary (Ministry of Transport) 11:30 am, 22nd February 1980

My hon. Friend has brought in a note of controversy. I said that, whether voluntarily or compulsory, I trust that we are all agreed—I expect that he agrees as well—that an increase in the wearing of seat belts would be the biggest single factor that would improve road safety in this country. Whether it is voluntary or compulsory is a matter for the House and is the subject matter of the Bill.