§ Mr. Harry Barnes
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received over the EEC directive on driver licensing harmonisation from people providing community transport in rural areas; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Atkins
Twenty-eight bodies interested in community transport responded to the consultation paper on the future strategy on minibuses published in August 1989. Since then representations on minibuses have also been received from 62 hon. Members some of which were concerned with the implications for community transport. The views expressed will be taken into account in the negotiations in the Council of the second directive on the driving licence.