§ Mr. Gordon Prentice
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions for what reason persons who hold a current United Kingdom driving licence have to sit a driving theory test as part of the qualifying test for a public service vehicle licence. 
§ Ms Glenda Jackson
It is vital that people who wish to drive buses and coaches are properly trained and tested. The theory test examines a learner's knowledge and understanding of road safety matters relating to these vehicles before having skills and behaviour assessed in a practical test.