§ Mr. Skeffington
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether any study has yet been made into the 187W number of commercial vehicles which may be required on the roads with the development of pipe-line transmission.
§ Mr. Ridley
No study of this kind has been made. Commercial vehicles are needed to transport pipes and equipment used for pipeline construction but the numbers are not large. In general pipeline transmission does not greatly affect road transport; but where local pipelines are used to deliver a pumpable product direct to a customer, the number of tank vehicles on the roads is reduced.