§ Mr. Tipping
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the MOT hotline was established; how many calls it has received each year and for the first six months of 1995–96; what is the cost of running the scheme; and what income the scheme receives from the hotline number. 
§ Mr. Norris
This is an operational matter for the Vehicle Inspectorate executive agency.
I have asked the chief executive to write to the hon. Member.
Letter from Ron Oliver to Mr. Paddy Tipping, dated 18 October 1995:The Secretary of State has asked me to reply to your question on when the MOT hotline was established, the number of calls it has received, the cost of running the scheme and the income the scheme receives from the hotline number.The scheme was introduced in September 1994. Since that date there have been 14,521 calls made to the hotline, of which 6,347 were made in the first 6 months of 1995 (ie January to June). The costs of running the scheme for the first year were approximately £5,500, and the income £3,425.257W