HC Deb 11 December 1950 vol 482 cc99-100W
17. Mr. Bell

asked the Minister of Transport whether he will ensure that notices of cancellation by his Department of driving test appointments reach the applicants as early as possible and in any case before the day of the appointment.

Mr. Barnes

Endeavour is made to give as much notice as possible, but sudden cancellations are sometimes unavoidable through weather conditions or illness. If the hon. Member knows of any case of avoidably short notice, I shall be glad to look into it.

18. Mr. Bell

asked the Minister of Transport what steps he is taking to reduce the delay in giving driving tests to applicants for driving licences.

Mr. Barnes

I have increased the numbers of examiners on driving test work by approximately 20 per cent. compared with last year. Taking petrol off the ration increased the number of applications for tests, but since mid-September there has been steady progress in reducing the number of applicants awaiting tests.