§ Mr. Rooker
asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take action to improve the maintenance of the M5 and M6 motorways within the area of the West Midlands County.
§ Mr. Horam
Present maintenance arrangements will continue. Efforts will be kept up to deal with some specific and persistent problems.
1973–74 (actual) 1974–75 (actual) 1975–76 (actual) 1976–77 (estimate) Driving licences issued … 8.8m. 9.7m. 10.6m. 11.3m. Vehicle licences issued … 27.3m. 27.3m. 26.9m. 27.8m. Staff employed … 8,100 9,400 10,800 9,200 Annual costs … £26m. £39m. £57m. £61m.
The number of staff employed and the annual costs cover a certain amount of double handling during the transition from local to centralised licensing.
§ Mr. Shersby
asked the Secretary of State for Transport what access is given to other Departments of State and Government agencies to the computerised records of names and addresses of licence holders held by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Centre at Swansea.