§ Mr. Madden
asked the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received concerning the St. Christopher Motorists' Security Association Ltd; and what assessment he has made of the implication of the activities of this company for the aims of his Department's campaigns to persuade people not to drink and drive.
§ Mr. Peter Bottomley
A number of hon. Members and others have expressed concern about insurance schemes which provide alternative transport for those disqualified from driving following conviction for road traffic offences. I view such schemes with distaste. I do not believe that their existence undermines the law or our efforts to persuade people not to drink and drive. However readily an offender may have access to alternative transport, nothing can adequately compensate for the loss of ability to drive.