§ Mr. Iain Mills
asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he will introduce amendments to the vehicle construction and use regulations requiring the fitting of more effective thief-proof locking systems; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Peter Bottomley
Part I of a new British standard on "Vehicle Security BSAU 209" was published in November. It covers mechanical locking systems for passenger cars and car-derived vehicles. Parts II and III covering in-car entertainment equipment and identification etching on glazed surfaces should be published next spring. Further parts dealing with central-power door-locking systems and the general security of glazing are expected to be completed before the end of 1987.
Car buyers and users are increasingly conscious of the need to keep their vehicles secure and the manufacturers are responding to that in the design of their vehicles. Any regulatory action would need to be taken in agreement with the European Community, and we shall be keeping the Community informed of developments here.