HC Deb 03 March 1967 vol 742 c159W
Sir Knox Cunningham

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will state the estimated percentage increase in price caused by fitting cabs to agricultural tractors; and, bearing in mind that in 1966 no one was killed while driving a tractor so equipped and 39 people lost their lives in tractors overturning without cabs, what steps he is taking to have this danger brought to the attention of the public and, in particular, to the owners and drivers of tractors.

Mr. Peart

Comparatively few safety cabs and frames are at present being manufactured, and information on prices is therefore limited. So far as it is possible to make any estimate, the price increase at present is of the order of 8 per cent. to 10 per cent. for a tractor fitted with a cab, and about 5 per cent. for a tractor fitted with a frame. These figures may be expected to fall when safety cabs and frames begin to be sold in quantity.

My Department constantly brings the danger of overturning tractors to the attention of all concerned by every practicable means. It is in addition my intention to bring forward as soon as possible draft regulations requiring the use of safety frames or cabs on agricultural wheeled tractors.