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29.11.

1999 EN Official Journal of the European Communities C 341/17

(1999/C 341/026) WRITTEN QUESTION E-3861/98


by Clive Needle (PSE) to the Commission

(4 January 1999)

Subject: Licensed goods vehicles

What records are held by the Commission of the number of licensed goods vehicles and licensed drivers in all
the Member States? What are the totals, broken down by Member State, in all the relevant categories?

Answer given by Mr Kinnock on behalf of the Commission

(11 February 1999)

The Commission does not hold records of the numbers of licensed goods vehicles and licensed goods vehicle
drivers in all Member States. While statistics available to the Commission on the number of licensed goods
vehicle drivers in each Member State are too incomplete to give an overall picture, the position regarding the
number of licensed goods vehicles in each Member State is better documented. The following table, based on
work carried out under the 4th framework programme, distinguishes between light goods vehicles (up to
3,5 tonnes maximum authorised weight) and heavy goods vehicles (3,5 tonnes maximum authorised weight
and over).

(1995)

Member State Light goods vehicles Heavy goods vehicles

Belgium 250 000 178 000


Denmark 180 000 140 000
Germany 1 250 000 1 030 000
Greece 710 000 178 000
Spain 2 350 000 458 000
France 3 410 000 665 000
Ireland 60 000 87 000
Italy 1 900 000 1 150 000
Luxembourg 4 000 18 000
Netherlands 350 000 245 000
Austria 90 000 213 000
Portugal 330 000 298 000
Finland 220 000 43 000
Sweden 240 000 84 000
United Kingdom 2 070 000 519 000
EU 15 13 414 000 5 306 000

(1999/C 341/027) WRITTEN QUESTION E-3872/98


by John McCartin (PPE) to the Commission

(4 January 1999)

Subject: Ban on antibiotics in animal feed

Can the Commission explain the procedure it is using to seek to ban the use of four antibiotic growth
promoters and can it state whether its proposal is based on scientific or political considerations?