§ Mr. Wigley
asked the Secretary of State for Wales why it was not possible for him to publish "Road Accidents: Wales 1981" before March 1983; and if he will take steps to speed up the publication of the report in future years.
§ Mr. John Stradling Thomas
Detailed road accident statistics for Wales have, in previous years, been released by the Welsh Office in the form of a circular letter. It has now been decided, after requests from police force and county representatives, that these statistics should be made more generally available in published form.
The 1981 figures to which the hon. Member refers were the first to be released in this way and it is hoped that, starting with the 1982 edition, the publication will be available by the July of the subsequent year.