§ Ms Glenda Jackson
I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 21 January 1998,Official Report, column 549. Statistics for overall pass/fail rates for the remainder of 1997 will not be available until March.
An analysis of faults committed on a sample of 420,000 tests conducted between 1 June 1997 and 31 January 1998 shows that inappropriate use of speed was wholly or partly the reason for a candidate being failed 0.5 per cent. of tests. The computerised fault analysis system does not record whether a candidate was assessed as driving too quickly or too slowly.