HC Deb 21 December 1988 vol 144 cc256-7W
Mr. Allan Roberts

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what was the total number of(a) new petrol-engined car sales and (b) new diesel-engined car sales, respectively, for each of the last five years in (i) the United Kingdom and (ii) the European Economic Community.

Mr. Peter Bottomley

[holding answer 20 December 1988]:

(i) New Registrations: Cars: United Kingdom1
Petrol-engined Diesel-engined Total2
1984 1,780 48 1,828
1985 1,841 68 1,909
1986 1,865 79 1,944
1987 1,984 94 2,079
31988 2,180 105 2,285
1 Figures are for vehicles with a car body type. Figures for Northern Ireland are available on a slightly different basis from those for Great Britain but this does not significantly affect the United Kingdom totals.
2 Includes a small number of cars propelled by other means.
3 The estimate for 1988 is based on registrations in the first 10 months of the year.

(ii) Readily available information about new car registrations for EEC countries does not identify method of propulsion. In any case, information is not available for recent years for all countries and it is therefore not possible to produce EEC totals.

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