HC Deb 30 March 1979 vol 965 cc422-3W
Mr. Gow

asked the Secretary of State for Transport what is the total number of private motor cars in the United Kingdom; what is his estimate of the number of these cars used regularly for business purposes and for travel to and from work, respectively; and what are the equivalent figures for each of the past five years.

Mr. Horam

The number of cars licensed in Great Britain at the end of 1978 was 14.1 million. This represents an increase of around 1 million since 1973. In recent years, about 3½ million cars were used for at least 500 miles a year for business purposes. About 8½ million cars were used for at least 2,000 miles a year for travel to and from work. These estimates of cars used for these journey purposes are based on the national travel surveys, which indicate that there has been little change in recent years.

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