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Road Safety

Volume 113: debated on Wednesday 1 April 1987

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asked the Prime Minister what action she purposes to take, in the light of her message to the member states of the European Community, the Commission and the European Parliament in European Road Safety Year, to implement and seek further solutions aimed at reducing the frequency and severity of road accident casualties both nationally and in conjunction with European Economic Community members.

I have been asked to reply.My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Transport will soon be reporting to Parliament the outcome of the Government's review of road safety policy. The main conclusion to emerge from the review—that available resources be directed towards proven and cost-effective means of reducing road casualties—is already being reflected in increased funding for low-cost road safety engineering and for road safety research.Within the Community we shall continue to work with our partners on issues which require action at international level, particularly vehicle safety. We are also expanding bilateral exchanges where we can learn from the experience of countries which have developed effective ways of reducing casualties.