Home Department written question – answered on 14th June 2005.

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Photo of Keith Vaz Keith Vaz Labour, Leicester East

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases of breath-testing of drivers resulted in withdrawal of driving licences in England and Wales in the last period for which figures are available.

Photo of Paul Goggins Paul Goggins Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Correctional Services and Reducing Re-offending), Home Office

Information taken from the Home Office Court Proceedings Database for England and Wales shows that the total number of driving disqualifications imposed for breath test and specimen offences in 2003 (latest available) was 84,767. This figure does not include disqualifications as a result of 'totting up' of points on driving licence under s.35 of the Road Traffic offenders Act 1988.

Data for 2004 will be available early in 2006.

Information relating to Scotland and Northern Ireland is a matter for the Scottish Executive and Northern Ireland Office respectively.

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