§ Mr. Vaz
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people have passed their driving tests for each of the last 10 years at(a) their first attempt, (b) their second attempt, (c) their third attempt and (d) more than fifth attempt; what percentage of each were female; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Atkins
The number of L tests conducted in the years 1980–89, together with the percentage of candidates who passed, were as follows:
and 1985 indicated that the pass rates for candidates taking their test for the first time, and taking it for the second or subsequent attempt, were as follows:
Management's responsibility is buttressed by systems of checks and controls, and these are audited regularly by the Department's internal audit division, comprising 13 staff trained to the basic audit training standard. Six of these are members of the Institute of Internal Auditors. A further 11 staff are under training.