HC Deb 18 July 1994 vol 247 cc69-70W
20. Sir David Madel

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the comparative effects on the environment of 44 and 38-tonne lorries.

Mr. Key

As my right hon. Friend replied to my hon. Friend the Member for Reading, West (Sir A. Durant) on 21 March Official Report, column 10, we see a positive advantage in the use of 44-tonne lorries for combined road-rail transport. That means fewer lorries and it transfers freight from road to rail and so benefits the environment.

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