HC Deb 24 November 1999 vol 339 cc111-2W
Mr. Wigley

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will review his policy on denying insulin-dependent diabetic sufferers occupational driving licences; and if he will take into account in doing so the current inquiry by the Science and Technology Committee. [99278]

Mr. Hill

The driving licence treatment of those with diabetes treated by insulin is based on European legislation—the Second Driving Licence Directive (91/439/EEC). This, and its predecessor Directive (80/1263/EEC), provided for licensing restrictions on those with insulin-treated diabetes, in particular in respect of driving heavier vehicles, based on risks associated with insulin treatment. I cannot anticipate the report of the Science and Technology Committee.