HC Deb 13 February 1990 vol 167 c166W
Mr. Chris Smith

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport(a) how many people presently have cars registered in a company's name; (b) what is their income distribution; (c) how many are women and how many are men; (d) what is the regional distribution and (e) if he will give comparable figures for the information in (a) for each year since 1973–74.

Mr. Atkins

The latest figures available show that in 1988, approximately 2,391,000 cars were registered in a company name. These include cars held in pools, rather than being assigned to particular users. According to the 1985–86 national travel survey, about 11 per cent. of household cars were provided by companies. For 84 per cent. of these, the main driver was a man.

The distribution of these vehicles according to region and to the income of the main driver are given in the following tables.

Regions (1985–86)
Per cent.
Great Britain 100
North 4
Yorkshire and Humberside 8
East Midlands 7
East Anglia 4
South East 39
South West 7
West Midlands 9
North West 11
Wales 3
Scotland 9

Income (1985–86)
£ per annum Per cent.
Less than 5,000 14.4
5,000–9,999 26.3
10,000–14,999 30.5
15,000–19,999 15.2
20,000–24,999 6.3
25,000 and over 7.3

The number of cars registered in a company name for 1983 to 1987 are given in the following table. Figures are not available for years prior to 1983.

Year thousand
1983 1,840
1984 1,917
1985 1,981
1986 2,038
1987 2,170