HC Deb 08 May 1952 vol 500 c50W
Mr. Black

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he has considered the application made to him on behalf of doctors for some relaxation in the restrictions on the hire-purchase of motor cars: and whether he will make a statement.

Mr. P. Thorneycroft

Yes. To assist doctors in their service to the public, I am willing to consider applications for licences from doctors in or entering general practice who do not own and have not recently owned a car, allowing them to pay off the balance of the purchase price in a longer period than the maximum of 18 months laid down in the Hire-Purchase and Credit Sale Agreements (Control) Order, 1952. Applications will not normally be considered in respect of cars costing more than £800, and the maximum period for repayment will be three years. Doctors who satisfy these conditions may apply for licences through their professional organisations or direct to the Board of Trade.