Motor Vehicles: Northern Ireland

Transport written question – answered on 12th September 2013.

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Photo of Sylvia Hermon Sylvia Hermon Independent, North Down

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will visit Northern Ireland to meet the hon. Member for North Down and other local politicians to discuss the retention of vehicle licensing services in Northern Ireland.

Photo of Stephen Hammond Stephen Hammond The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport

I have met with the relevant Northern Ireland Executive Minister for the Environment twice to discuss the proposals in the consultation on the future delivery of vehicle registration and licensing services in Northern Ireland. Discussions have also taken place between the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and her counterparts from the Northern Ireland Executive about these proposals.

In addition, DVLA officials have carried out a number of workshops throughout the consultation process to encourage Northern Ireland customers and stakeholders to respond with their views on the proposals in the consultation. The DVLA's Chief Executive met with the DVA's Chief Executive last week, along with a delegation from the Northern Ireland Public Services Alliance (trade union). I do not therefore see any value in my visiting Northern Ireland at this time. However, I am always happy to discuss any concerns that hon. Members may have. Indeed, this morning at Transport Questions in the House I committed to meet with the hon. Members for North Antrim (Ian Paisley) and East Londonderry (Mr Campbell) to discuss this very issue.

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