Rear Seat Belts

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 3rd December 1984.

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Photo of Mr David Knox Mr David Knox , Staffordshire Moorlands 12:00 am, 3rd December 1984

asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement about the mandatory fitting of rear seat belts.

Photo of Mrs Lynda Chalker Mrs Lynda Chalker , Wallasey

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.

Photo of Mr David Knox Mr David Knox , Staffordshire Moorlands

As the case for the mandatory use of front seat belts is now proven, does my hon. Friend agree that she should be moving a little faster on this issue?

Photo of Mrs Lynda Chalker Mrs Lynda Chalker , Wallasey

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.