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Driving Test (Fees)

Volume 887: debated on Tuesday 25 February 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) what cases of particular hardship or personal misfortune he considers adequate to justify the return of the driving test fee in cases of nonattendance or failure to give notice within the three-day period;(2) if he will now refund the driving test fee which has been forfeited by Mrs. Bone of Liverpool as a result of her inability to keep her appointment to take her driving test, following a cardiac arrest, which only permitted one clear working day's notice, which was duly given.

The information whch the hon. Member originally sent to me did not reveal that Mrs. Bone had suffered a cardiac arrest. This, however, is the kind of personal misfortune which certainly justifies a refund of the fee, and I am now arranging for this to be done.