HC Deb 23 July 1975 vol 896 c215W
57. Sir David Renton

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he is aware of the effects of the penalty which is imposed by his Department by discontinuing authority to test motor cars in garages, when an employee of a garage steals a blank certificate and makes improper use of it; and whether he will consider the application of this policy so as to make it less rigid.

Mr. Carmichael

I am indeed aware of the problem; but the test is designed to protect the public from the dangers of defective vehicles, and authorised examiners are expected to take responsibility for the actions of their employees. In future, however, this will not usually be done without warning.