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British Rail

Volume 165: debated on Friday 19 January 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much land is due to be sold off by British Rail in the next three years by region; if he will list the estimated value of that land; and if he will make a statement.

These are commercial matters for the British Rail Property Board and I do not have the information in the forms requested. British Rail's published corporate plan 1989 contains the following forecasts for property-asset sales:

The Government's general policy is to provide motorway service areas (MSAs) at intervals of roughly 30 miles on English motorways. MSAs in Wales and Scotland are the responsibility of my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Wales and my right hon. and learned Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland respectively. Lengths of motorway in England exceeding 35 miles and currently without MSAs are as follows:

Financial years£ million