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Freight Trains (Timekeeping)

Volume 83: debated on Friday 19 July 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Transport what information he has as to the timekeeping of freight trains on the British Rail network, and as to the causes of delays in each of the last three years.

asked the Secretary of State for Transport whether he was consulted by the British Railways Board before the decision was taken to close the British Railways Engineering Ltd. workshops at Swindon; and if he will make a statement.

The decision is a management matter for the British Railways Board and British Rail Engineering Limited, who informed me and my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State, in advance, before putting a proposal for closure to their trades unions for consultation.