§ Mr. Chidgey
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many days after a road accident fatalities are still counted as road deaths for his Department's 391W statistics; what is the basis for this length of time; and what consideration his Department has given to extending it. 
§ Mr. Norris
A fatality resulting from a road accident is defined as a road death if the death occurs within 30 days of the accident. This definition arose from the Convention of Road Traffic (Vienna 1968) and is adhered to by most European countries. My Department has no plans to extend this definition to a longer time period.