To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his answer of 15 July, Official Report column 587, what is the average cost to the DVLA of supplying a printout to a magistrates court of a driver's licence history needed to assist in sentencing; what is the average delay between receipt of a requests from a magistrate's court and the printout being supplied; and what would be the capital and running costs of supplying magistrates courts with live terminals to enable them to obtain the information themselves.
The current average cost to DVLA for a driver licence printout is £1. Most printouts are despatched from DVLA within five working days of receipt of the request. The cost of supplying magistrates courts with terminals to enable them to obtain the information direct is a matter for My right hon. and learned Friend the Lord Chancellor. Such a system would add approximately £0·5 million to DVLA's annual running costs.