Mr. Speaker, I want to rise on a point of order to respect an undertaking I made in this House on March 11.
On that date in responding to a question from an hon. member I expressed the concern many of us had about the safety of minivans as a result of some reports in the press. I indicated I would have my department look into the matter because it was a serious question.
I am now able to report my officials have informed me that testing results and accident data indicate that minivans offer a level of passenger safety comparable to that of other passenger vehicles.
I would point out for the benefit of members that there is no requirement for minivans to be equipped with bumpers because it has not been demonstrated they would improve the safety of vehicle occupants.
Mr. Speaker, I thank you for permitting me to respect the undertaking I made in the House several days ago.