§ Mr. Gerald Bowden
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many employees of his Department are concerned with(a) roads, (b) rail transport, (c) civil aviation and (d) cycling.
§ Mr. Atkins
[holding answer 19 June 1990]: My Department has about 2,300 staff concerned with roads and traffic, 135 with rail transport and 145 with civil aviation; about 40 staff in the Department spend some part of their time on cycling-related work.
The substantially greater numbers concerned with roads reflect the Department's direct responsibility for the national roads programme, whereas provision of infrastructure for other transport modes is the concern of other bodies, for example, British Rail and the British Airports Authority.