HC Deb 03 December 1984 vol 69 c12
15. Mr. Knox

asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement about the mandatory fitting of rear seat belts.

Mrs. Chalker

I discussed this matter with the Select Committee on Transport on 12 March and told it that I would take account of its views when it made its report, which I understand is due soon. I hope my hon. Friend will understand that it would be inappropriate for me to make a statement before seeing the Select Committee's report.

Mr. Knox

As the case for the mandatory use of front seat belts is now proven, does my hon. Friend agree that she should be moving a little faster on this issue?

Mrs. Chalker

My hon. Friend might care to refer to what I said to the Select Committee on 12 March 1983. I said that although I think that it is sensible to wear rear seat belts, I do not think that the House would accept the compulsory wearing of such seat belts now. I stand by what I said and await with interest the Select Committee's report.