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Driving Tests

Volume 977: debated on Tuesday 29 January 1980

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asked the Minister of Transport what is currently the average time in (a) Merseyside and (b) Ormskirk between the date of application for a driving test and the earliest offered appointment; and what steps he is proposing to take to reduce the length of wait.

The average waiting time for L-tests at Merseyside centres is 23½ weeks. This compares with a national average of 26½ weeks.There is no test centre at Ormskirk; waiting times at the nearest centres are:

Southport23 weeks
Liverpool—Bootle25 weeks
—Crosby23 weeks
—Garston23 weeks
Wigan23 weeks
My plans for reducing waiting times generally were contained in my right hon.

Friend's reply to a question from my hon. Friend the Member for Harrogate (Mr. Banks) on 20 December last.—[Vol. 976, c.

397–98.]