HC Deb 28 January 1959 vol 598 cc104-5W
89 and 90. Mr. R. Harris

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation (1) what researches have been made by his Department into the effectiveness of safety-belts as a means of reducing personal injury to motor car users in the event of accident; and what conclusions he has reached;

(2) if he is yet prepared to institute a public campaign to encourage motor car users to use safety-belts.

Mr. Nugent

Research into the effectiveness of safety belts is being carried out by the Road Research Laboratory with the assistance of the police and the Medical Research Council. It is too early yet for definite conclusions to have been reached.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders is also considering safety features in motor vehicle design, including safety belts, and the British Standards Institution is setting up a committee to investigate the usefulness of a British Standard for such apparatus. Until the results of all this research are known it would be premature to start a public campaign.

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