HC Deb 25 November 1953 vol 521 cc339-40
22. Mr. Sorensen

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation what information he has demonstrating the protective value of crash helmets to motor-cyclists involved in accidents; and whether there is a supply of these helmets sufficient for all motor-cyclists.

Mr. Molson

Medical research shows that the wearing of the best type of helmet greatly reduces the likelihood of fracture of the skull in accidents and makes head injuries generally less severe; and sample figures taken before crash helmets were common in civilian use indicated that the incidence of head injuries in motor-cycle accidents was over 50 per cent. among civilian riders but only about 27 per cent. among Army riders wearing crash helmets. I understand from my right hon. Friend the President of the Board of Trade that supplies of crash helmets appear to be keeping pace with the present demand.

Mr. Sorensen

What percentage of motor-cyclists is it estimated wear these crash helmets, and can something be done to secure a large production of these helmets at a reasonable price to encourage their purchase by motor-cyclists?

Mr. Molson

I am afraid that I have no figures to show how many motorcyclists wear them, but steps have been taken by the President of the Board of Trade to make these helmets readily available; since 13th November they have been on open general licence for importation as there are certain good French and German designs

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