§ Mr. Fairbairn
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what action he proposes to take to ensure transaction of cherished transfers in view of the action of civil servants at Swansea; and if he will dismiss those who refuse to do that work.
§ Mr. Norman Fowler
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he will make a statement on the refusal of some staff in his Department employed 1187W at Swansea to transfer cherished number plates; and what action he proposes to take.
§ Dr. Gilbert
The Department is engaged in discussions with the trade unions concerned in the current ban on the processing of cherished transfers. The provisions in Section 12 of the Finance Act 1976 will, I believe, provide a reasonable solution.