HC Deb 17 July 1940 vol 363 cc221-2W
Sir J. Mellor

asked the Secretary of State for War the conditions agreed between the War Office and the Ministry of Transport for the issue of emergency permits, Army Form A. 2038, authorising soldiers to drive motor-vehicles on public roads in the course of their duty; whether he is aware that officers commanding units are still required to purchase licences for soldiers driving in the course of duty except in certain cases; and whether he will state the reasons for continuing a system which involves the transfer of 5s. in each instance from the Exchequer through the paymaster, the unit, and the county council, and back to the Exchequer, with much laborious accounting?

Mr. Eden

Army Form A. 2038 is issued to learner drivers and to drivers who are liable to be sent abroad within six months. The accounting processes involved are not so onerous as to make it desirable to abrogate the ordinary requirements of the law when licences are needed for longer periods.