HC Deb 09 February 1955 vol 536 cc1878-9
32. Mr. Russell

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation why applicants for foreign touring documents are asked to state their age, instead of merely that they are over 21 years of age; and why applicants for international driving permits are asked to provide a photograph and to state the exact date of their birth, although these particulars are contained in every passport.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

Because the International Conventions of 1926 and 1949 provide that international driving permits must contain a photograph and specify the date of birth of the holder. For other international documents I understand that the issuing associations are satisfied with a declaration that the applicant is or is not over 21 years of age.

Mr. Russell

Does not my right hon. Friend agree that all holders of international driving permits and car documents have to have a passport which also contains these particulars? Is not this a case of unnecessary duplication?

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

Possibly there is something to be said for that point of view, but we are bound by the Conventions to which I have referred.