§ Miss McIntosh
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress his Department is making on establishing a link between existing DVLA and motor insurance databases. 
§ Mr. Jamieson
DVLA established a link with the Motor Insurance Database on 17 February 2004 which allows the agency to confirm that a vehicle is insured prior to relicensing without having to view the insurance documents.
The Motor Insurers Anti Fraud and Theft Register is also linked to DVLA and automatically updates the vehicle record when a vehicle is seriously damaged. This allows an identity check to be carried out when such a vehicle is returned to the road.