asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation whether, in the interests of economy of labour, he will now arrange for the issue of three-year licences to be available to everyone and not merely to those whose names begin with the letters A to F.
Immediate issue of three-year licences to all holders would cause every third year to be a peak year for renewals, involving recruitment of additional staff. To avoid this, the issue of three-year driving licences is being spread over three years. Three-year driving licences are now issued to all drivers, irrespective of surname, who pass the test for the first time.
Would my hon. Friend took at this matter again? If it is a peak period, is there any reason why temporary labour should not be recruited to meet it, and does not this action merely create unnecessary work for two years?
I think that that would cause further confusion. I think that the present arrangement is a quite reasonable one. We have worked for many years on a one year basis, and it will not do any harm to go on for another two years.