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Safety Belts

Volume 457: debated on Thursday 8 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what funding his Department allocated in each of the last five years to means of raising awareness of the dangers of travelling by car without using a seatbelt. (124614)

The dangers of travelling by car without using a seat belt form part of the Government’s THINK! road safety campaign. The Government are investing around £17 million in the THINK! campaign in this fiscal year (FY2006-07).

The total campaign costs for the THINK! seat belts campaign since the 2002-03 fiscal year are as follows:

THINK! seat belts campaign costs

Fiscal year

£

2002-03

1.49 million

2003-04

2.03 million

2004-05

1.50 million

2005-06

1.57 million

2006-07

1225,000

1 Expected outturn.

The expenditure for the THINK! seat belts campaign for this fiscal year (FY2006-07) was reduced so that more resource could be devoted to raising awareness to the changes in the law on mobile phones and child car seats.