§ 23. Mr. Peter Mills
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether his attention has been drawn to the difficulties experienced by farmers in fitting new tractors with safety cabs of their own choice; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Anthony Stodart
Yes, Sir. The safety of those who drive tractors is of paramount importance. I have discussed this matter with the tractor manufacturers, 1026 who feel unable to accept the view of my right hon. Friend and myself that an authorised dealer should be permitted to fit any cab which has satisfied the standards of safety required by my Department. My right hon. Friend proposes, therefore, to examine the regulations with a view to maintaining the competition which has existed in the supply of tractor cabs to date.
§ Mr. Stodart
The manufacturers quite sincerely look at the safety requirements very responsibly. They think that what they are doing is in the interest of safety. As all safety cabs have passed extremely stringent tests, we do not think that their attitude justifies the restriction of competition, and this view I have conveyed to them.