HC Deb 25 January 1961 vol 633 c159
41. Sir R. Pilkington

asked the Minister of Transport what discussions he has had with motor manufacturers designed to ensure that the interiors of motor cars are such that, if an accident should occur, the drivers and passengers are as fully protected as possible.

Mr. Hay

We are constantly in touch with the motor manufacturing industry on this and all other aspects of vehicle safety. A great deal of attention has been given in recent years to vehicle design, including interior design, in relation to road safety.

Sir R. Pilkington

Does my hon. Friend know how many hon. Members have fitted safety belts in their cars? Would not that be a very good example?

Mr. Hay

I do not know how many have done so. I know that my right hon. Friend has in his car; I have in mine, and my noble colleague in another place has done so in his car. I hope that we are setting a good example.

Mr. Strauss

Should not the question of the design of the interior of motor cars for safety purposes be examined by the Road Research Laboratory in great detail? Is that not an essential first step before making progress in this matter?

Mr. Hay

In fact, that is done. A number of organisations devote a great deal of time and money to this investigation, including the Road Research Laboratory, M.I.R.A.—the Motor Industry Research Association—and the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.