HC Deb 20 May 1936 vol 312 cc1191-2
52. Mr. BARR

asked the Minister of Transport whether, in addition to the regulation which requires every applicant for a motor driver's licence to say that he is not suffering from certain nervous and physical disabilities, he will take steps to insist on the further requirement that every applicant must declare his intention to abstain from the consumption of alcohol beverages immediately before and during driving?


I have no power to require such a declaration to be made.


Was not this the proposal made by a special committee of the British Medical Association appointed at the instance of the Minister of Transport?


The hon. Member has asked whether I can legally require such an undertaking to be given by applicants for licences. My answer is no. I do not think speaking from memory that it was the proposal made by the British Medical Association.