§ Mr. Chetwynd
asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation what special action he is taking to deal with the back-log of applications for driving tests in the Tees-side area caused by the recent cancellation of tests due to adverse weather conditions.
§ Mr. Watkinson
It is not normally possible to take any special and immediate action to deal with large numbers of candidates whose tests have to be cancelled because of bad weather. In this area, however, two additional examiners from the last competition are now available, and by utilising their services, and the considerable number of cancellations which always occur in other examiners' programmes, we have been able to offer new bookings to most of these candidates within the next month. All will be offered a test before the middle of March.