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C Licence Holders

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 1st July 1964.

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Photo of Mr Simon Digby Mr Simon Digby , West Dorset 12:00 am, 1st July 1964

asked the Minister of Transport how many C licence holders are now registered; and in respect of how many vehicles in all they hold licences.

Photo of Vice-Admiral John Hughes-Hallett Vice-Admiral John Hughes-Hallett , Croydon North East

The latest available figures show that at 31st December, 1962, there were 569,000 C licence holders in respect of 1,226,000 vehicles.

Photo of Mr Simon Digby Mr Simon Digby , West Dorset

Will my hon. and gallant Friend bear in mind that many of these 500,000 and more are men with small businesses who depend for their livelihood upon C licences? Will he approach the future of C licences with no preconceived ideas and approach the result of the Geddes Report in the same way and not buoy it up with any doctrinaire ideas of bolstering up the nationalised lorries, like the party opposite?

Photo of Vice-Admiral John Hughes-Hallett Vice-Admiral John Hughes-Hallett , Croydon North East

As my hon. Friend has indicated, this is a matter on which the Geddes Committee may well make a recommendation. As to the matter being determined by doctrinaire views, I can only say that the licence holders will have an opportunity of protecting themselves against this later in the year.

Photo of Mr Robert Mellish Mr Robert Mellish , Bermondsey

Is the Minister able to say how many C licence holders are doing A and B licence work?

Photo of Vice-Admiral John Hughes-Hallett Vice-Admiral John Hughes-Hallett , Croydon North East

I should imagine, very few indeed. We think that there are very few breaches of that part of the regulations.

Photo of Mr Robert Mellish Mr Robert Mellish , Bermondsey

The Minister should find out more about it.