HC Deb 15 December 1998 vol 322 cc434-5W
Mr. Baker

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will list the representations he has received which opposed the setting of specific targets to reduce road traffic volumes. [63384]

Ms Glenda Jackson

My Department does not maintain a detailed central record of the views expressed on particular issues in all written and oral representations made to the Secretary of State. A comprehensive answer to the hon. Member's question could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

We have, however, extracted the following information on opposition to national road traffic reduction targets from our database of the responses to the Government's August 1997 consultation on developing an integrated transport policy. (A summary report on those responses was published in July 1998). Five respondents indicated that they did not support national road traffic reduction targets. Of these, one was a member of the public and the remaining four were:

  • Ford Motor Company Ltd.
  • The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders Ltd.
  • Environmental Transport Association
  • Civil Engineering Contractors Association.

Copies of all the written responses, except those where confidentiality was requested, are available for inspection by arrangement at the Department's library at Ashdown House, 123 Victoria Street, London SWIE 6RB.