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Correction to Response to Parliamentary Question

Volume 498: debated on Monday 26 October 2009

I would like to inform the House that a written answer I gave on 6 July 2009, Official Report, column 597W, to the hon. Member for Mid-Dorset and Poole North (Annette Brooke) was incorrect. To the question

Annette Brooke: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will make provision for the vehicle scrappage scheme to be open to persons who have taken on the registration of a vehicle over 10-years-old which was initially registered in the name of their deceased spouse. [281255]

The correct answer was:

We have reviewed this issue carefully given that we consider the case of a recently bereaved spouse or civil partner to be particularly compelling and we would want to be as helpful as possible to those in this situation, while still ensuring that the scheme and compliance with the rules can be administered simply and abuse can be minimised. We therefore propose, subject to the agreement of vehicle manufacturers, that where a bereaved spouse or civil partner shares the same address as the person who was the former keeper of the car, that the requirement that the old vehicle must have been registered to the keeper continuously for 12 months before the order date of the new vehicle should be cut to six months (on a rolling basis).

In addition to complying with other rules of the scheme, the bereaved would need to produce an original or certified copy of their marriage certificate or certificate of civil partnership and of their spouse/civil partner’s death certificate for the dealer to verify and copy.

We have written to the manufacturers to seek their agreement to this change and will put revised guidance on the Department’s website at: http://www.berr.gov.uk/whatwedo/sectors/automotive/scrappage/page51068.html as soon as we are clear which manufacturers have agreed to this change to the scheme.

I have written to the hon. Member for Mid-Dorset and Poole North to apologise for the administrative error, and provide the correct answer. I would also like to apologise to the House. The Department’s procedures for dealing with the answering of parliamentary questions have been revised to avoid any future occurrence of this error.