I discussed this matter with the Select Committee on Transport on 12 March and told it that I would take account of its views when it made its report, which I understand is due soon. I hope my hon. Friend will understand that it would be inappropriate for me to make a statement before seeing the Select Committee's report.
My hon. Friend might care to refer to what I said to the Select Committee on 12 March 1983. I said that although I think that it is sensible to wear rear seat belts, I do not think that the House would accept the compulsory wearing of such seat belts now. I stand by what I said and await with interest the Select Committee's report.