Written Answers. - Imported Secondhand Car Safety Standards.

Ivan Yates

Ceist:

62 Mr. Yates asked the Minister for the Environment if, in relation to his press statement on 12 July 1990 concerning importation of secondhand cars from Japan, he will outline the clarification he received from the EC Commission regarding the implications of their decision to block his proposal to recognise Japanese domestic standards for seat belt anchorage points; the proposals he contemplates to regulate the position; and when he proposes to make the regulations under the Road Traffic Acts which he announced in his press statement of 16 March 1990.

Consideration of this matter has reached an advanced stage and I hope to be in a position shortly to make an announcement about the measures proposed to deal with it.