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Volume 116: debated on Wednesday 13 May 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Transport on how many occasions his Department sponsored advertisements in national newspapers in the last three years; which newspapers were chosen for these campaigns; which local newspapers were used in these campaigns; and which newspaper publishing groups received payment for advertising space.

My Department has inserted advertisements in national newspapers on 14 occasions in the last three years.The newspapers chosen were as follows:

  • Daily Express
  • Daily Mail
  • Daily Mirror
  • Daily Telegraph
  • Financial Times
  • Guardian
  • Independent
  • Star
  • Sun
  • Times
  • Today
  • Mail on Sunday
  • News of the World
  • Observer
  • People
  • Sunday Express
  • Sunday Mirror
  • Sunday Telegraph
  • Sunday Times

Local newspapers used to support these campaigns were as follows:

  • Standard ( London)
  • Sunday Mail (Scotland)
  • Sunday Post ( Scotland)
  • Birmingham Post
  • Manchester Evening News
  • Newcastle Journal

Table 1—Road taxation revenue and roads costs in 1987–88: by vehicle class

Thousand £ million at 1987–88 prices/ratio

Vehicle class

Number of vehicles

Road taxation revenue and road costs (£ million at 1987–88 prices1)

Taxes to costs ratio

Fuel tax

Road taxes VED


Road costs

Taxes less costs


Cars, light vans and taxis19,6085,4752,075


Buses and coaches721805



Goods vehicles over 1,525 tonnes unladen:

Not over 3·5 tonnes gvw and non-plateable vehicles14350207025452·7:1
Over 3·5 tonnes gvw4419604401,4051,0953101·3:1
Other vehicles41,1851051011555652·2:1
All vehicles22,5566,8202,5709,385



1 Rounded to the nearest five.

2 Excludes car tax, expected to raise £1,100 million in 1987–88.

3 Fuel tax rebate (£130 million) not deducted.

4 Haulage, machines, 3-wheeled motor vehicles, crown, disabled and other vehicles exempt from VED; Previously, other vehicles were included with the main classes.

5 Excludes £306 million allocated to pedestrians.

  • Nottingham Evening Post
  • Western Daily Press
  • Western Mail
  • Yorkshire Post
  • Aberdeen Press and Journal
  • Glasgow Herald
  • Scotsman
  • Belfast Telegraph
  • Folkestone Herald/Dover Express
  • Kent and Sussex Courier
  • Kentish Express
  • Kent Messenger Group
  • Sevenoaks Chronicle
  • South Kent Newspapers
  • South London Press
  • Surrey Mirror Series

Other advertising in local newspapers was undertaken but not in support of campaigns in national newspapers. The newspaper publishing groups receiving paid advertising space were as follows:

  • Express Newspapers
  • Sun Group Newspapers
  • Mirror Group Newspapers
  • Times Newspapers
  • D. C. Thompson Ltd
  • Thomson Regional Newspapers
  • Kent Messenger Group
  • South Kent Newspapers Group
  • East Surrey Newspapers Group

Recruitment and statutory notice advertising is not included in the above.