§ 39. Mr. Alan Williams
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if, as part of his investigation of seat belts for children, he will seek to establish the insurance position in relation to injuries suffered by children travelling in car safety seats which do not conform to the British Standard; and if he will make a statement.
§ Sir G. Howe
The question of the safety of seat belts for children is a matter for my right hon. and learned Friend the Secretary of State for the Environment. As to the insurance position, third party6W insurance for passengers is compulsory. Special insurance conditions in respect of car safety seats which are fitted to cars and which are not approved by the British Standards Institution are a matter for insurance companies and, in the event of accidents, for the courts to decide. I am, however, investigating all the issues that arise on the hon. Member's Question.