§ Mr. Madden
asked the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what representations he has received from bodies representing motor cycling interests about aspects of existing legislation affecting motor cyclists, especially learners; and what assessment he makes of the extent of correlation between the existence of legislative controls and the level of sales of new motor cycles;
(2) what information he has as to the impact of legislation concerning learner motor cyclists on the level of sales of new motor cycles; what representations the motor cycle trade has made about existing legislation affecting motor cyclists; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Peter Bottomley
There is regular contact between the Department and the principal bodies representing the motor cycle industry and riders in the course of which their views on existing legislation have been made clear. We have also received comments from a large number of individuals.
The views of interested organisations and individuals are being taken into account during our current review of motor cycle licensing, training and testing.
I am not aware of any satisfactory evidence to suggest that legislative measures have had more than marginal effect on the overall levels of motor cycle sales.