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Railway Workshops' Competitive Capacity

Volume 892: debated on Monday 12 May 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he will give a general direction to British Rail that, in view of the expansion schemes in the railway systems of 42 countries estimated by the British Overseas Trade Board, it should expand its workshop capacity in order to be able to compete for contracts for these schemes; and if he will make a statement.

A general direction would not be appropriate. British Railways are aware of the British Overseas Trade Board forecast, and with Government encouragement are actively pursuing export opportunities.