Motor Driver's Licence (J. M. Robertson).

Oral Answers to Questions — Ex-Service Men. – in the House of Commons on 23rd March 1922.

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Photo of Mr Thomas Naylor Mr Thomas Naylor , Southwark South East

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asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that J. McDonald Robertson, late Army Service Corps, after three years' War service and retirement from the Army on a 30 per cent. pension, and after six weeks' training in motor driving under the Ministry of Labour, has been refused a driver's licence by the authorities at New Scotland Yard; is he aware that the reason given for that refusal was that Robertson was a man of colour, although a British subject, and resident in this country for 20 years; and will he reconsider this decision?

Photo of Mr Edward Shortt Mr Edward Shortt , Newcastle upon Tyne West

The Commissioner had already submitted this question to me, and after consultation with him I have decided that Robertson shall be given a licence, subject, of course, to the usual tests as to character, knowledge, and technical skill.