HC Deb 21 February 1979 vol 963 c407
10. Mr. Hannam

asked the Secretary of State for Transport what is the current waiting time for a driving test in the Exeter area; and how this compares with that for Great Britain as a whole.

Mr. Horam

26 weeks, compared with 22½ weeks for Great Britain as a whole.

Mr. Hannam

Is it not scandalous that in this self-financing scheme we should be so short of examiners? Why has this happened? Why has the offer to become test examiners by several driving instructors in my constituency been turned down?

Mr. Horam

I would like to look into the second point, if the hon. Gentleman would supply me with the details. The problem has been a big increase in demand for tests, starting roughly in the spring of last year.

Mr. Michael McNair-Wilson

Does the Minister consider it fair that those who wish to take the test should be required to send a cheque with their application although they may be asked to wait three or four months before actually taking the test? Why should they not pay for the test when they take it?

Mr. Horam

That is another interesting point. I would like to look into it.