§ Mr. Tony Lloyd
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions magistrates' courts have used their power to oblige a driving offender to take a retest; and what information his Department possesses on the ages and physical states of the said offenders, for each of the last five years.
§ Mr. John Patten
In 1987, about 600 disqualifications were imposed by magistrates' courts, where there was also a requirement for the offender to take a driving test. This information is published annually by broad offence group in "Offences Relating to Motor Vehicles, England and 219W Wales, Supplementary Tables". Table 13 of the issue for 1986 is the latest available and copies of this and earlier bulletins are available in the Library. The Department does not collect information on the medical state of these offenders, and for most motoring offences information is collected on their age only if they are aged under 21. In 1987, over 90 per cent. of those required to take a driving test were aged over 21. Figures for 1987 will be published later this year.