HC Deb 10 December 2003 vol 415 cc519-20W
Mrs. Dunwoody

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will undertake a study of(a) the provision of taxi plates by local authorities outside London, (b) the availability of taxi services and (c) the speed of services to the public provided by extended granting of licences; and if he will make a statement on the report by the Office of Fair Trading on the licensed taxi industry. [142900]

Mr. Darling

We are currently considering the taxi and private hire vehicle market study report published on 11 November by the Office of Fair Trading, which was based on a range of research. We are now consulting principal stakeholders and are committed to responding to the recommendations within 120 days of the report's publication.