§ 36. Mr. Ashley
asked the Secretary of State for Transport what is his estimate of the number of lives which would be saved and the number of people who would avoid disablement if the wearing of car safety belts were made compulsory.
§ Mr. Horam
About 1,000 lives and 10,000 serious injuries would be saved each year if all seat belts were worn. A sample of road casualties which occurred between 1974 and 1976 is being studied to assess how many resulted in disablement; this may give some indication of the extent of the problem, but it will be some time before the number is definitely established.