HC Deb 22 June 1953 vol 516 cc121-2W
109. Mr. Peter Freeman

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Defence what is the method of training motor drivers for the Defence Forces; what is the average cost per driver and the average period for passing a driving test; and how many drivers are being trained per annum.

Mr. Birch

Potential drivers undergo comprehensive courses conducted by trained instructors. To meet Service needs these courses cover many hours of training at the wheel, mechanical training, servicing, map-reading and the highway code. The average cost is difficult to assess as the length of the course depends on the aptitude and knowledge of the pupils but a very rough estimate is £100 as the average cost per driver, and the average period for passing a test is about a month. The number of Service men and women who qualify as drivers is about 25,000 a year.