HC Deb 23 November 1982 vol 32 c466W
Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Secretary of State for Transport whether, in view of the fact that on many occasions motor car manufacturers have had to call in new cars to rectify faults, omissions and errors in the vehicle's construction, he will take steps to ensure that on the introduction of compulsory wearing of seat belts all such belts are satisfactory and not faulty.

Mrs. Chalker

The present type approval system applicable to all seat belts, includes checks for conformity of production. There is also a requirement that belts must be maintained in good condition at all times, and this is checked as part of the MOT test.

The advice on how to look after your seat belt given in the booklet on compulsory wearing will further help reduce the likelihood of faulty belts.

Mr. Wardell

asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he will now reply to the letter sent to him on 12 October by the hon. Member for Gower regarding the forthcoming changes in the law relating to the wearing of seat belts.

Mrs. Chalker

I wrote to the hon. Member on 22 November.