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Driving Tests

Volume 449: debated on Monday 24 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average waiting time for a driving test was (a) in England and (b) broken down by (i) region and (ii) test centre in each of the last five years. (85810)

Available figures for number of weeks waiting time nationally, and in each DSA region, in each of the last five years are as follows:

Number of weeks

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

London

7.5

11.5

11.0

7.3

Midlands

8.6

10.2

8.8

5.8

Northern

8.4

10.1

7.8

5.3

Scotland

6.7

6.0

5.6

6.2

Wales

6.7

7.7

6.5

5.8

National

6.8

7.8

9.6

8.4

6.0

Figures broken down by DSA region in 2001-02 are not available. Such figures, average waiting times for England as a whole, and for individual test centres, could be provided only at disproportionate cost. However, sets of tables showing waiting times at each centre during the same week in late March of each of the last five years have been placed in the Library.