§ Mr. Steinberg
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the progress of international consultations on seat strengths for long-distance buses.
§ Mr. David Mitchell
International discussions in the Economic Commission for Europe on a standard for the strength of coach seats were successfully concluded last year.
As soon as the United Nations secretariat publishes an ECE regulation incorporating the standard we will consult interested parties on a national regulation to make it mandatory for new British-registered coaches.