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British Rail

Volume 167: debated on Monday 12 February 1990

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21.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he last met the chairman of British Rail; and what matters were discussed.

24.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he last met the chairman of British Rail to discuss investment for Network SouthEast.

My right hon. Friend last met the chairman of British Rail on 17 January to discuss a range of subjects.

29.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport by which date he intends British Rail to be ready for privatisation.

36.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he last met the chairman of British Rail; and what matters were discussed.

53.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he will next meet the chairman of British Rail; and what matters he proposes to discuss.

I refer the hon. Members to the answer my right hon. Friend gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Staffordshire, Moorlands (Mr. Knox) earlier today.

64.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on investment in the line between Waterloo and Southampton.

Since 1988 the main line from Southampton to Waterloo has been served by a fleet of modern class 422 Wessex electrics which cost £46 million. Network SouthEast has carried out numerous station improvements in the Southampton area often with funding contributions from local authorities. Eastleigh station was recently rebuilt at a cost of £1·8 million. The £16 million Portsmouth-Southampton electrification scheme is due for completion in May.

67.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what was the Government grant of money to the Sheffield-St. Pancras midland line for each successive year since 1979.

The public service obligation grant is not based on an allocation between routes, and it is not possible to specify the sums paid in respect of services on the Sheffield-St. Pancras midland line. No grant has been paid for Inter-City services on any line since April 1988.