HC Deb 26 July 1979 vol 971 cc469-70W
Mr. Brotherton

asked the Minister of Transport, further to the reply to the hon. Member for Louth on 5 July, why the national average waiting period for a driving test has increased from 16½ weeks in 1978 to 27 weeks in the current year.

Mr. Kenneth Clarke

The main reason is that there have been insufficient examiners to cope with a much increased demand for tests over the period. In addition, many more tests than usual were lost during the winter because of the exceptionally bad weather. Finally, a much smaller number of tests were lost as a result of industrial action. We are recruiting more examiners and reviewing all possible ways of reducing delays.