To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he has received any proposals from British Rail for further investment in rolling stock in its western region.
On 17 November my right hon. Friend announced that he had approved a proposal by British Rail to invest in up to 204 express sprinter vehicles to be operated by the board's provincial sector. I understand that 43 of these vehicles are proposed for western cross-country services. My right hon. Friend and I stand ready to approve any further worthwhile proposals which the board puts to us.