HC Deb 11 July 1940 vol 362 cc1368-9W
Sir J. Mellor

asked the Minister of Transport whether, in order to save the Army, the Treasury and the county councils the preparation of useless accounts, he will take steps to dispense with the payment of fees by officers commanding units in respect of driving licences issued to service drivers, having regard to the fact that county councils are obliged to credit the amount of such fees to the Exchequer?

Sir J. Reith

The military authorities are already empowered to issue permits (Army Form A.2038) authorising soldiers to drive on public roads in the course of their duty. No fees are payable for these permits and county councils take no part in their issue. A soldier who at any time drives a motor vehicle on public roads otherwise than on duty must have an ordinary driving licence and it does not seem necessary to ask Parliament to amend that statutory requirement.