HC Deb 22 January 1982 vol 16 cc202-3W
Mr. Speller

asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he will allow sub post offices to issue private car licences.

Mr. Kenneth Clarke

In the changes to the administration of vehicle excise duty introduced over the last two years we have increased the number of sub post offices handling vehicle licensing work from 400 to 1, 400. These are additional to the 1, 600 Crown offices which can deal with applications. We have also extended the range of the work handled by post offices to cover virtually all relicensing. This additional service to the public has been widely welcomed.

I am keeping the present arrangements under review to ensure they provide a satisfactorily convenient and economical service. If there is evidence that any particular area is being poorly served, I will certainly consider its needs sympathetically.