§ Mr. Allan Roberts
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what was the total number of light commercial vehicles sales in the United Kingdom, and the proportion of those that were diesel engined, for each of the last five years.
§ Mr. Peter Bottomley
[holding answer 20 December 1988]:
New registrations: light commercial vehicles: United Kingdom1 Total (thousand) Percentage diesel 1984 112 24 1985 131 37 1986 160 38 1987 158 43 21988 173 46 1 Figures are for all goods vehicles with a gross vehicle weight under 3.5 tonnes. 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 The estimate for 1988 is based on registrations in the first 10 months of the year.