HC Deb 23 January 2003 vol 398 c518W
Miss McIntosh

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much freight was carried on water in the UK in(a) the year to May 1992, (b) the year to May 1997 and (c) the most recent year for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. [91759]

Mr. Jamieson

Statistics of freight traffic carried on UK waters are compiled on an annual basis only. Total waterborne freight traffic in years 1991, 1996 and 2001 (the latest available year), in terms of goods lifted (tonnage) and goods moved (tonne-kilometres), were as follows:

Year Goods lifted (million tonnes) Goods moved(billion tonne-kilometres)
1991 144.2 57.7
1996 142.1 55.3
2001 131.7 58.8