HC Deb 02 May 1986 vol 96 cc526-7W
Mr. Peter Bruinvels

asked the Secretary of State for Transport if, pursuant to the answer of 24 April to the hon. Member for Leicester, East, he will list the practical considerations which militate against the inclusion in driving licences of further personal details, such as place of birth; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Michael Spicer

[pursuant to his reply, 1 May 1986, c. 481]: It would be impractical to obtain this information from the 30 million existing licence holders.

The public at large is unlikely to accept the need for inclusion of such information.

There would be difficulties in designing a licence which contained these details in a place where they could not be seen through the window envelope (necessary for postal dispatch) or when the licence is in the plastic wallet.