§ Mr. O'Brien
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what provisions were made for full consultations when the reviews of the goods vehicles operators' licensing provisions was undertaken in 1986 and 1989; and if he will make a statement;
(2) what representations he received from individuals or organisations on the review of the goods vehicle operators' licensing provisions in 1986 and 1989; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Atkins
The Department sought views from the road haulage industry, traffic commissioners, the transport tribunal, local authorities, parish councils, the police, trade unions, environmental interest groups and a number of private individuals who had expressed an interest.
Both reviews attracted wide-ranging and evenly balanced opinion. Overall reactions suggest that our approach is about right.