§ Mr. Keetch
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment his Department has made of the impact of the European Driving directive on the services; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Spellar
The Armed Forces are exempt from European Union drivers' hours legislation. It is, however, my Department's policy to comply with the spirit of the legislation, where possible, except during periods of active operations, training conducted under operational conditions, or in certain cases when acting in support of Civil Ministries and Authorities or when operating solely on Crown Land.