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Safety Belts

Volume 481: debated on Wednesday 22 November 1950

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asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Civil Aviation how many people in the two recent civil aviation crashes in the United Kingdom died as a result of the pressure of safety belts.

The responsibility for ascertaining the cause of death rests with the coroner and I should not wish to anticipate his findings.

As it is clear that in one of these crashes 18 out of 28 were killed by pressure of safety belts and that belts have not improved in design over many years is it not time that something were done especially as jet aircraft are likely to reduce the fire hazard?

It is quite wrong for the hon. Member to make statements like that when there is no evidence to support them.