§ Mr. Fry
asked the Secretary of State for Transport how many drivers and passengers in motor vehicles were killed or seriously injured in road accidents who were not wearing scat belts during 1974, 1975 and 1976, and who would be likely to have been exempt from the requirement to wear seat belts if legislation concerning the compulsory wearing of seat belts had been operative.
§ Mr. Horam
It is unlikely that the exemptions that would be needed if wearing become compulsory would reduce significantly the potential savings of 1,000 fatal and 10,000 serious casualties for each of these years. Exemptions similar to those which we would envisage in Britain have proved compatible with wearing rates of up to 90 per cent. in New Zealand and Australia—and the non-wearers will have included some who were not exempt.