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British Rail (Shipping Services)

Volume 959: debated on Wednesday 29 November 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for Transport what proposals he has received from the British Railways Board for extending its shipping services.

The Board has informed me that it is negotiating to take a majority interest in the Manx Line service from Heysham to the Isle of Man. I welcome this new development by the Board of a partnership with the private sector, and am giving the Board the statutory consent it requires to the acquisition of the interest and the operation of the service.