§ 64. Mr. Arthur Lewis
asked the Minister of Transport why, in view of the fact that spot checks are carried out by his Department on road vehicles in the interests of road safety, details of such spot checks are not kept available for issue to Members of Parliament, road safety organisations and other persons; and whether he will take steps to ensure that this information is available in the future.
§ Mr. Michael Heseltine
Comprehensive information about the work of Ministry examiners at roadside checks and the results are already published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office in the annual reports of the licensing authorities. Copies of these reports are available in the Library.
§ Mr. Lewis
Will the Minister reconsider the matter? When I put a Question asking for the information I was told that it was not available. If the spot checks take place, and no particulars are kept of the number of vehicles on the road without roadworthiness certificates, as is the case, surely those particulars should be kept and the figures should be given, and details should be made available to 1531 the organisations mentioned in my Question?
§ Mr. Heseltine
A great deal of information is published in the annual reports. I shall certainly look again at the point the hon. Gentleman raises to see whether the reports can be accompanied with this information. I shall see what I can do to provide it for him.