HC Deb 16 March 1993 vol 221 cc205-6W
Ms Walley

To ask the President of the Board of Trade what quantities of hazardous chemicals were transported by(a) road, (b) rail and (c) into or out of United Kingdom ports in each of the last five years.

Mr. Kenneth Carlisle

I have been ask to reply.

Only limited information is available.

The quantity of chemicals, including those classed as dangerous, moved by road in vehicles over 3.5 tonnes in each of the last five years for which figures are available was:

Million tonnes
1987 49
1988 52
1989 55
1990 53
1991 45

There were 1.4 million tonnes of dangerous chemicals moved by rail in wagons in 1989–90, 1.5 million tonnes in 1990–91, and 1.2 million tonnes in 1991–92. In addition, British Rail has moved annually some 14,000 tank containers of differing sizes.

Special surveys of movements of hazardous substances through United Kingdom ports recorded 3.1 and 3.5 million tonnes of packaged dangerous goods—which would include some dangerous chemicals in 1988 and 1989 respectively, and 7.8 and 8.1 million tonnes of bulk dangerous chemicals in 1989 and 1990 respectively.

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