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 Sir Ronald Bell Sir Ronald Bell , Beaconsfield 11:30 am, 22nd February 1980

My hon. Friend the Parliamentary Secretary is wrong in his assertion, as his Department's statistics show. Nothing brought about a greater reduction in fatalities and accidents than the 50 miles an hour speed limit which was imposed during the oil crisis. Any possible and arguable saving of accidents and fatalities by the wearing of seatbelts would be mere chickenfeed. I hope my hon. Friend will bear in mind the magnitude of what we are talking about today, which is small in comparison.