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Car Owning Households

Volume 590: debated on Monday 1 June 1998

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asked Her Majesty's Government:What was the percentage of households in Scotland owning a car for each year from 1979 to date. [HL1996]

What was the percentage of households in (a) England, (b) Wales and (c) Northern Ireland owning a car for each year from 1979 to date. [HL1997]

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the Chief Executive of the Office for National Statistics who has been asked to arrange for a reply to be given.

Letter to Lord Selkirk of Douglas from the Director of the Office for National Statistics, Mr. Tim Holt, dated 29 May 1998.

As Director of the Office for National Statistics (ONS), I have been asked to reply to your parliamentary questions on the percentage of households owning a car in Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The attached table shows information from the Family Expenditure Survey for the period from 1979. The figures relate to those households owning or having continuous use of at least one car or van. The data are subject to sampling errors, so while general trends can be seen, care should be taken in interpreting short-term changes in the data.

Percentage of households with one or more cars or vans, 1978–97

England

Wales

Scotland

Northern Ireland

1978–7958625251
1979–8060614952
1980–8162615154
1981–8262635454
1982–8363645254
1983–8463654955
1984–8563685258
1985–8664665359
1986–8764655158
1987–8866675362
1988–8967695560
1989–9068675763
1990–9169655865
199269635763
199370725866
1994–9570666363
1995–9670706467
1996–9770696360

Data for years 1978–79 to 1990–91 cover a period of two calendar years.

Data for years 1992 and 1993 relate to single calendar years.

Data for 1994–95 to 1996–97 relate to single financial years.

ONS, Family Expenditure Survey.