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Seat Belts

Volume 931: debated on Wednesday 11 May 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Transport whether he will introduce legislation to encourage the use of seat belts by providing that the non-use of seat belts will in future result in the limitation of liability to third party insurance only.

I do not believe that this would have the desired effect, and it would create unjustifiable hardship. In some recent court cases compensation has been reduced where the injured party was not wearing a seat belt, but this has had no measureable effect on wearing rates.