HC Deb 02 March 1989 vol 148 c291W
Mr. David Marshall

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many heavy goods vehicle drivers have been(a) prosecuted and (b) convicted of offences arising out of breaches of Road Traffic Acts in each of the last five years.

Mr. Peter Bottomley

The number of HGV driver prosecutions arising from offences detected by traffic examiners for each of the last five years are as follows:

Year Number of prosecutions
1984 6,530
1985 5,576
1986 6,721
1987 5,893
1988 6,895

Figures are not available for the number of absolute discharges.

Mr. Heddle

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what is his Department's policy regarding the ownership, financing and management of airports in the ownership or management of local authorities.

Mr. Peter Bottomley

The policy is set out in paragraphs 9.15 and 9.16 of the White Paper "Airports Policy" of June 1985 (Cmnd 9542). Fifteen airports are now run by local authority-owned companies formed under the Airports Act 1986.

The Government would like to see the present local authority owners increasingly involve the private sector in the ownership, development and running of airports.

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