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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:12 pm on 27th November 2014.

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Photo of William Hague William Hague First Secretary of State and Leader of the House of Commons 12:12 pm, 27th November 2014

I am advised that Specsavers is currently negotiating contracts with a number of independent opticians to ensure that there is appropriate coverage. I am advised, too, that where it is unable to negotiate a contract locally, the DVLA does not expect individuals to travel excessive distances. Where it is satisfied that a contracted optician or optometrist is not available, the DVLA will approach an independent provider to conduct the vision tests on an ad hoc basis. The hon. Gentleman’s constituents may be able to make use of that.