asked the Secretary of State for Wales what proportion of Welsh people have (a) a private car and (b) a telephone; and what were the relevant figures for (i) 1961, (ii) 1971 and (iii) 1980.
Information on the number of persons in households with access to one or more cars or vans has been collected in the Censuses of Population held in 1966 (10 per cent, sample), 1971 and 1981. In 1966 the figure was 52 per cent, rising to 60 per cent, and 70 per cent, in 1971 and 1981 respectively. No comparable information is available for 1961. Information on the availability of telephones is not collected at a personal level, but in 1983 it is estimated that 74 per cent, of households in Wales had a telephone in their accommodation. This estimate is based on information collected from time to time in the General Household Survey and the comparable figures for 1980 and 1972 were 67 per cent, and 24 per cent, respectively.