HC Deb 23 November 1966 vol 736 cc1376-7
15. Mr. St. John-Stevas

asked the Minister of Transport whether she will revise the fee payable to garages for carrying out of the Ministry of Transport test on cars of 10 years of age.

Mr. Swingler

We are at present in consultation with organisations representing the motor garage industry on the extent to which revision of the fee would be justified.

Mr. St. John-Stevas

I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for that reply. I hope that the Ministry now intends to cease to rely on a sense of public duty by garage proprietors, and to allow them a reasonable remuneration for this service.

Mr. Swingler

I must point out that the original fee was fixed in consultation with the trade, and agreed by it. I think, therefore, that the hon. Gentleman will recognise that any revision of fees in relation to the service demanded should also be a matter for consultation and agreement between the Ministry and the organisations.