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Railways

Volume 929: debated on Wednesday 6 April 1977

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16.

asked the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions have been held between his Department and the British Railways Board on proposals to maintain the present limit on Government financial support for rail passenger services and investment for a further five years beyond 1981; and if he will make a statement.

37.

asked the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions have been held between his Department and the British Railways Board on proposals to maintain the present limit on Government financial support for rail passengers services and investment for a further five years beyond 1981; and if he will make a statement.

My officials have been examining with the British Railways Board the detailed implications of maintaining the present levels of support and investment beyond 1981, but no decisions have yet been taken.

31.

asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he will consider the public financing of the permanent way of British Railways' routes on the same basis as the financing of motorways and trunk roads.

As I told my hon. Friend the Member for Newham, South (Mr. Spearing) on 28th March, Government support to railway operations in 1976 in fact exceeded their track and signalling costs.

33.

asked the Secretary of State for Transport on the basis of a railway system of how many track miles his White Paper on transport policy will be based.

The White Paper will set out an important and continuing rĂ´le for the railways. I do not expect it to specify a total length of track.

36.

asked the Secretary of State for Transport what proposals he has received to reduce the existing rail network by 2,500 track miles; and if he will make a statement.