HC Deb 22 November 1939 vol 353 cc1241-2W
Colonel Burton

asked the Minister of Transport the number of motor car licences which expired on September, 1938, and were not renewed, and give similar information regarding 1939?

Captain Wallace

To arrive at the exact figure asked for by my hon. and gallant Friend it would be necessary to ask each of the 185 licensing authorities to examine separately the registers relating to over 1,000,000 motor cars for which licences were issued expiring on 30th September, 1938 and 1939, in order to ascertain which licences had not been renewed. The estimated drop in the total number of quarterly licences as between the third and fourth quarters of 1938 was about 159,000, and between the third and fourth quarters of 1939 about 393,000.