§ Mr. Steinberg
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his answer of 1 July 2002, ref 65787, on seat belts, what plans he has to ensure they are used by pupils. 
§ Mr. Jamieson
The law does not require passengers to wear seat belts in the rear seats of coaches but advice in the Highway Code is that they should be worn where available. Unlike the case of drivers of cars, goods vehicles and the smaller minibuses, it would be unreasonable and potentially unsafe for drivers of these larger vehicles also to be responsible for seat belt wearing by passengers under 14 years.