§ Mr. Cartwright
asked the Secretary of State for Transport when he now expects to start his proposed investigation into the possible licensing of private hire cars in Greater London; and what opportunities will be given to representatives of the private hire car operators to give evidence.
§ Mr. David Mitchell
When work on the implementation of the Transport Act 1985 has been completed—probably in the late summer or early autumn of next year—I shall be reviewing the whole of taxi and hire-car legislation in England and Wales. Whether hire cars in London should be subjected to licensing and if so what form that licensing should take will be considered as part of that review. All interested parties will be fully consulted.