Pelling's question asked for detailed number of how often the DVLA charged thrid parties for the data, and Stephen Ladyman said, "The DVLA does not collate the number of such transactions." This is simply not true. The DVLA does collate the number of transactions it carries out.
Well, that's a relief, and also not a surprise; the idea that a government department did not monitor its revenue at all is absolutely fucking ridiculous.
In figures released [PDF] under the Freedom of Information Act the DVLA has said that it actioned 1,264,284 request in 2005/06; 1,343,903 requests in 2006/07 and between April and August this year had actioned 651,957 requests for information from third parties which it then charged for. The charge is £2.50 per enquiry.
It is easy to forget that, for politicians, lying is almost a reflex action. But, nonetheless, it is worth stating, for the record, that Stephen Lady