HC Deb 10 October 1940 vol 365 cc493-4W
Mr. C. Wilson

asked the Minister of Transport whether he is aware that the Sheffield Ambulance Service Committee ordered a motor ambulance, on the 13th January last, which was delivered on the 31st July, and why a licence for this new ambulance had been refused; and that in the event of a serious air raid the chairman of the committee has intimated that he would order the ambulance to be run without the licence having been obtained?

Lieut.-Colonel Moore-Brabazon

The statement that a licence was refused is incorrect; it was in fact issued on 25th September. Application for the licence to acquire the vehicle was not received until 6th August and no indication was given either by the committee or by the manufacturers that the vehicle had been delivered or was indeed available. Owing to the large excess of applications over the number of vehicles obtainable it was necessary to ascertain that a new vehicle was essential and as soon as this was done and it was made known that the vehicle had been delivered the licence was issued.