HC Deb 13 January 1999 vol 323 cc212-3W
Mr. Fearn

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what percentage of (i) men and (ii) women resident in Britain (1) in total and (2) between the ages of(a) 17 and 34 and (b) 35 and 60 years hold a current UK driver's licence. [64764]

Ms Glenda Jackson

The number of male and female full licence holders in Great Britain in total and by age band, as at October 1998 is as follows:

Male Female
Total 16 and over 18.714 13.903
17–34 5.402 4.610
35–60 9.387 7.260

The latest estimates available for the Great Britain resident population (Office for National Statistics) relate to 1997, and a comparison of the total full licence holder figures for 1997 with these population figures for those aged 16 and over gives the following results:

Male Female
Licence holders (million) 18.657 13.672
Resident population (million) 22.171 23.468
Percentage licence holders 84.2 58.3

Due to inconsistencies in the data there are difficulties in providing a break-down of these overall percentages by age group. My noble Friend the Minister for Roads and Road Safety will write to the hon. Member with further details.