§ Mr. Craigen
asked the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received from the Scottish Accident Prevention Council in respect of the increase of 15 per cent. in the part I motor cycle test fee; and if he has considered whether there would be any double disincentive to motor cyclists to take training and testing as a result of this increase in the test fee.
§ Mrs. Chalker
I am aware of the representations made by the Council about the possible effect on learner riders of the decision by my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer that VAT should be charged on part I motor cycle test fees. The increase in fee should not add substantially to the overall cost of a training course and the two-part test. I hope it will not affect the rate at which learner riders come forward for training.