§ Mr. Nicholas Winterton
asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he has received any representations from driving schools which have had to close as a result of the effect of the civil servants' dispute on the issue of provisional driving licences.
§ Mr. Kenneth Clarke
My right hon. Friend has received a large number of representations from individual driving schools and instructors who are experiencing difficulties as a result of the delay in issuing first provisional driving licences. He is proposing to make regulations to tackle these difficulties by enabling first-time applicants to drive as soon as possible after the Transport Bill receives Royal Assent.