§ Mr. Hickmet
asked the Secretary of State for Transport when he will publish a report on the effects of compulsory seat belt wearing.
§ Mrs. Chalker
The TRRL will shortly be issuing a preliminary report on the effects of compulsion based on evidence from the first 12 months. A copy will be placed in the Libraries.
My Department will be publishing, during the summer, a full report on the results of its seat belt monitoring exercise. This will take account of the data analysis undertaken in the Department itself and at the TRRL and will also draw on accident and injury studies carried out in a number of hospitals and at universities. In addition, I have invited Professor James Durbin and Professor Andrew Harvey of the London School of Economics to contribute an independent assessment of all the available statistical evidence on the effects of compulsory seat belt wearing in this country. Professors Durbin and Harvey will want to take account of the views of outside organisations and individuals in preparing their assessment.