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Seat Belts

Volume 961: debated on Wednesday 24 January 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he will estimate the number of lives which would be saved each year by compulsory wearing of seat belts.

About 1,000 lives would be saved each year if all front seat occupants of cars and light vans wore their seat belts.


asked the Secretary of State for Transport whether he will introduce legislation to require car manufacturers to install rear seat belts.

We have already made regulations requiring that, as from certain dates, rear seats of new cars must be fitted with seat belt anchorages. This will enable owners easily to install rear seat belts, and I hope they will do so. We would not feel justified at this stage on going further and requiring the actual fitting of belts, but it is a possibility we mean to keep under review.