HC Deb 29 June 1966 vol 730 cc272-3W
117. Sir G. Nabarro

asked the Minister of Transport whether she is aware that a widow, Mrs. J. D. Till of Pershore, Worcestershire, who recently lost her husband, has been unable to secure refund of sums paid on her husband's driving licence in respect of two years unexpired, 1967–68; why no such refund is available to Mrs. Till; whether she will introduce legislation to make it obligatory for county licensing authorities to refund, pro rata, one year or more of an unexpired driving licence, at five shillings per annum, of a three-year licence; and whether she will make a statement on the Till case.

Mr. John Morris

The hon. Member has given my right hon. Friend details of this sad case. A licensing authority has, however, no power to make refunds on the unexpired portion of surrendered driving licences. The possibility of making such refunds was considered during the Parliamentary proceedings on the Road Traffic Act, 1956 and not adopted because it would have defeated the object of having three-year licences by increasing the work of the licensing authorities.