HC Deb 14 July 1981 vol 8 cc358-9W
Mr. Lawrence

asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he will estimate the number of (a) deaths resulting from road accidents, (b) deaths attributable to the non-wearing of a seat belt, (c) serious injuries resulting from road accidents, and (d) serious injury attributable to the non-wearing of a seat belt, for each of the past five years.

Mr. Fowler

The available information is as follows:

1976 1977 1978 1979 1980
Of which, not wearing seat belt*:
Killed 1,990 1,900 2,080 1,940 1,850
Seriously injured 24,500 24,000 25,700 24,800 23,500
* includes those in vehicles without belts fitted, and an apportionment of those whose seat belt wearing was unknown.

It is not possible to identify those cases where a seat belt would have averted death or serious injury, but it is estimated that unbelted occupants have around twice the chance of being killed or seriously injured as belted occupants.