Orders of the Day — Vehicle and Driving Licences Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 22nd November 1968.

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Photo of Mr David Webster Mr David Webster , Weston-Super-Mare 12:00 am, 22nd November 1968

I am sorry, Mr. Speaker. It is probably just that, every time we have a debate, we have a financial crisis.

We support the main objectives of the Bill if these are to produce a central machinery and if that machinery is to be more efficient and more economic. That is obviously the intention. We also support the prevention and punishment of evasion of tax liability. I am glad to see the hon. Member for West Ham, North (Mr. Arthur Lewis) here. I think that one could call Clause 10 his personal memorial or testimony and hope that he can now feel satisfied that his political career has been of some use and can be terminated.

We also feel strongly that, in this change-over, there should be maximum concern for the convenience of the motorist and for his benefit. I thing that much of the disagreement about the Bill will be found to be because there is not enough concern for the convenience of the motorist. When it comes to considering the economies involved, all my motoring friends, have asked me to say, "Can any of the reduction of expenditure caused by the Bill be used to reduce road user taxation?"