HC Deb 22 March 1961 vol 637 c383
24. Sir Richard Pilkington

asked the Minister of Transport whether he will state the percentage increase or decrease in road fatalities per 1,000 licensed vehicles comparing 1938 with 1960.

Mr. Hay

Between 1938 and 1960 there was a decrease of 64 per cent.

Sir Richard Pilkington

While there are still far too many acidents, does not the figure show that there has been a really substantial improvement in road behaviour?

Mr. Hay

The figure must be treated with some reserve, not only because there are still far too many accidents, as my hon. Friend points out, but because I am advised that a simple comparison of the kind asked for in the Question does not reflect a number of points which are somewhat too lengthy and detailed to go into now. But the figure shows that there has been a fall.

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