HC Deb 19 July 1983 vol 46 cc126-8W
Mr. Gareth Wardell

asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he intends to set up a comprehensive central data bank of toxicological information about the effects of alcohol and drugs on driving.

Mrs. Chalker

[pursuant to her reply, 18 July 1983, c. 60]: I see no reason for such a system so far as alcohol is concerned, since its effects are already well known and documented.

The relationship between drugs and driving is much more complex and I certainly would not rule out the possibility of a data bank in this area at some stage in the future. However, a project of this kind is unlikely to be feasible until such time as we have assembled a much greater body of hard evidence as to which drugs, particularly medicaments, actually do have an adverse effect on driving ability and behaviour. I want to see more attention devoted to this subject in research during the next few years.