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British Rail

Volume 114: debated on Monday 6 April 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he has had discussions recently with the management of British Rail on dining car procedures and services on main line trains including Pullman services.

These are management matters for the Railways Board, but I would welcome the increased involvement of the private sector in managing food production and services for train catering under the board's new catering policies. Following successful trials on London — Manchester services, these new arrangements are being extended progressively to a wider range of inter city services, starting later this year on the west coast main line for which the board recently awarded contracts worth around £4 million per year to private caterers.