§ Mr. Andrew Smith
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the number of heavy goods vehicles on roads without an operator's licence vehicle disc but operating under the margin arrangement. 
§ Mr. Bowis
I have asked the chief executive of the Vehicle Inspectorate to write to the hon. Member.
Letter from Ron Oliver to Mr. Andrew Smith, dated 12 February 1997:The Secretary of State has asked me to reply to your question asking how many goods vehicle operators have been successfully prosecuted in 1995 and 1996 for operating vehicles without authorisation under the Goods Vehicle Operator Licensing Regulations.Information about successful prosecutions against vehicle operators for the specific offence of unauthorised use is not currently available. The extent of illegal operations was quantified in a report published in April 1996, of the roadside survey of illegal operators180Wcarried out by the Vehicle Inspectorate on behalf of the Department of Transport in October 1995. This indicated that illegal operators accounted for less than 2% of all miles travelled by goods vehicles.
§ Mr. Smith
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he has completed his consideration of proposals to impound illegally operated and dangerous heavy goods vehicles as indicated in his response to the Transport Committee's Fifth report in November 1996; and if he will make a statement.