HC Deb 20 December 1961 vol 651 cc1352-3
33. Mr. Wingfield Digby

asked the Minister of Transport whether he has yet received the Report of the Working Party of the Economic Commission for Europe, on which a United Kingdom representative served, on the Construction of Road Vehicles, with regard to an international standard for safety harness; and whether he will now make a statement.

The Minister of Transport (Mr. Ernest Marples)

Draft rules for the approval of safety harness have been prepared by Sweden, West Germany, and the United Kingdom. These were considered at the October meeting of the Working Party and are now being revised in the light of its comments. The Committee reviewing the interim British Standard will be made aware of these developments at its next meeting.

Mr. Digby

Will my right hon. Friend do all he can to reach an early decision in this matter, in view of the very great expense at the present moment of installing the various devices of safety harness because there is no standardisation?

Mr. Marples

Yes, Sir, I will.