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British Railways

Volume 975: debated on Tuesday 11 December 1979

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asked the Minister of Transport if he will bring forward proposals for the sale of British Rail loss-making and profit-making branch lines to private companies.

No, but I am interested in the possibilities of involving private capital in the board's subsidiaries.

asked the Minister of Transport, when, and for what purpose he last met the chairman of British Railways.

I last met the chairman of British Railways on 5 December, when we discussed several topics of common interest.

asked the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with the chairman of British Railways regarding the sale of British Railways' hotel division, its catering division or Sealink ferries; and if he will make a statement.

I have nothing at present to add to the reply which I gave to my hon. Friend on 3 December.—[Vol. 975, c. 48.]