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British Railways (Modernisation Programme)

Volume 984: debated on Tuesday 6 May 1980

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asked the Minister of Transport what effect his policy on cash limits is having on the British Railways programme of electrification, rolling stock replacement and station modernisation. but the survey related primarily to cars. A new survey on goods vehicles would be expensive and time-consuming, but I intend to devote enforcement resources to reducing evasion.

asked the Minister of Transport what are the latest available figures for back duty and penalties collected from vehicle excise duty evaders, categorised into heavy goods vehicle operators, motorists and others.

Records are not kept in the precise form requested. The information available is:United kingdom, per head of population, per route mile and per passenger mile.

The latest informations is for 1977 and is dervied from the EEC Commission's second biennial report on the economic and financial situation of railway undertakings. It is given in the following table.

It is for the Railways Board to decide what management action is necessary to remain within its cash limits. There are a number of options open to it to keep within the limits, including increased productivity and efficiency.

asked the Minister of Transport whether any proposals have been put to him by British Railways for investment in new rolling stock for catering purposes; and what effect current limits on British Railways investment will have on planned modernisation in this area.

It is for the Railways Board to determine investment priorities within the overall ceiling set by the Government. Catering rolling stock forms an integral part of all the high speed train sets being introduced by the board; I approved four additional sets on 26 December.

Paid by 1976–77*Department of 1977–78Transport to 1978–79RoSPA 1977–78
(1) Costs of Training, Development and Liaison Unit122138147177
(2) Aid towards cost of Publicity Material29313636
(3) Contribution to Central Services33414862
(4) Costs of Road Safety Education Development Unit38395040 †
(5) Totals222249281315
* Includes payments made by the Department of the Environment before the creation of the Department of Transport.
†Final quarter's payment not yet claimed by RoSPA.

asked the Minister of Transport whether, as a consequence of the contributions to the budget of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, he makes any nomination to the society's executive committee.

Yes. My right hon. Friend has nominated his Director of Road Safety to the society's executive committee.