HC Deb 07 July 1971 vol 820 cc372-3W
59. Sir G. Nabarro

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment, having regard to the Road Traffic (Driving Instruction) Act, 1967, and the regulations thereunder in 1969–70, whether he is aware that, following court proceedings at Luton, an unqualified person has been discharged guiltless although not registered as a driving instructor as required by statute and notwithstanding less than four years' ownership of a driving licence; and whether he will therefore introduce legislation to strengthen and amend the 1967 Act.

Mr. Eldon Griffiths

My Department was not a party to these proceedings. I am seeking information about them but at present I have no evidence to suggest that further legislation is needed.

83. Sir G. Nabarro

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how many driving instructors are now registered in accordance with the Road Traffic (Driving Instruction) Act, 1967, and Regulations thereunder; what steps he is taking to enforce the Act and prevent future instruction by unqualified persons in the interests of road safety; and what assurances in this connection he is giving to the representative bodies of registered driving instructors.

Mr. Eldon Griffiths

On 30th June, 1971, 14,408 instructors were registered under this Act. My Department is following up all written complaints of alleged breaches. Instructors were asked through their associations on 1st November, 1970 to address their complaints to the Department's Supervising Examiners locally.