HC Deb 25 November 1983 vol 49 cc321-2W
Sir Dudley Smith

asked the Secretary of State for Transport to whom the driver and vehicle licensing centre at Swansea is allowed to divulge information as to the name and address of the registered owner of a particular car.

Mrs. Chalker

Regulations made under the Vehicles (Excise) Act 1971 require my right hon. Friend to provide information from the vehicle register to the police, Government Departments and local authorities in connection with the investigation of an offence, and to anyone who can show "reasonable cause". The practice for many years has been to regard "reasonable cause" as shown only where inquiries relate to road safety or to criminal or civil law involving the direct use of the vehicle.