To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he will widen the choice of personalised car registration numbers open to the motorist by putting unissued numbers on to the market.
I would like to be able to offer for sale a choice of the attractive registration numbers not currently in circulation. This would, I think, be a welcome addition to the existing arrangements for the private transfer and sale of numbers. As a first step I am today issuing a public consultation paper which sets out and invites comments on proposals for a scheme for selling numbers. In the light of the responses to it we shall decide whether, and if so how, to proceed with such a scheme, for which legislation would he required. I am placing copies of the consultation paper in the Library of the House.