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Pacer Units

Volume 115: debated on Thursday 7 May 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Transport if, pursuant to his answer of 27 April, Official Report, column 9 on pacer units, he will publish the information he received from British Rail at the time British Rail placed its orders for pacer units.

The Government do not receive information from BR when it places its rolling stock orders. We receive information in support of BR's investment submissions, but for reasons of commercial confidentiality it is not the practice to make this information public. As I explained in my earlier answer to the hon. Gentleman, questions on the reliability of the pacer units are the responsibility for the British Railways board and the manufacturers.