HC Deb 02 July 1986 vol 100 cc534-6W
Mr. Beaumont-Dark

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will introduce legislation to prohibit the practice of backtracking from breath tests for the purpose of seeking to assess whether a driver was at any particular previous time likely to have been in breach of the drink-driving provisions of the Road Traffic Acts; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Giles Shaw

The Road Traffic Act 1972 provides for the courts to give due weight to the results of evidential breath test, blood or urine tests in drink drive cases. It is for the court to decide in a particular case what other evidence is to be admitted, and the importance to be attached to it. I see no need to seek to restrict the discretion of the courts in this matter.