Goods Vehicles Testing Stations

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th July 1968.

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Photo of Mr Hugh Rossi Mr Hugh Rossi , Hornsey 12:00 am, 24th July 1968

asked the Minister of Transport by what date he now expects that the network of goods vehicle testing stations will be fully operational.

Photo of Mr Stephen Swingler Mr Stephen Swingler , Newcastle-under-Lyme

By 1st October in England and Wales and 1st December in Scotland.

Photo of Mr Hugh Rossi Mr Hugh Rossi , Hornsey

I welcome the fact that there will not be another postponement of this scheme. How far has the Minister progressed in the recruitment of manpower for the testing stations? By what date will all classes of vehicles be covered?

Photo of Mr Stephen Swingler Mr Stephen Swingler , Newcastle-under-Lyme

The hon. Gentleman obviously knows that we have had difficulties in the recruitment of manpower, but we are making steady progress. He is right to state that there is no intention to have any further postponement. Therefore, in spite of the fact that we are to have a three-months' delay because of the Minister's decision to make the postponement, we shall adhere to the original timetable announced at the time of the passage of the Road Safety Act.