HC Deb 16 March 1955 vol 538 c1296
46. Mr. R. Bell

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation how many driving test examiners were employed by his Department a year ago and at the latest convenient date, respectively.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

On 1st March, 1954, there were 456 examiners. There are now 549.

Mr. Bell

Is my right hon. Friend satisfied with the rate of recruiting? If not, what steps is he taking to increase it?

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

As I think my hon. Friend will be aware, I have obtained authority to recruit a slightly larger number, and I think that they will be coming along soon.

Brigadier Medlicott

Is it not clear that the time is approaching when we shall have to impose driving tests on thousands of people who have not taken the test before, and periodical tests on those who, by reason of illness or old age, very much need to be tested? Therefore, ought we not to have a reserve of examiners?

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

That is what we are doing. It is because of these considerations that the numbers are being increased.