To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what percentage of rail routes are electrified in Scotland, England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the United Kingdom.
The percentage of rail routes electrified is as follows:
|Total route miles||Electrified route miles||Percentage electrified|
|Total United Kingdom||10,515||3,052||29·0|
Sources: British Rail, Northern Ireland Railways Co. Ltd, Transport Statistics Great Britain.
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what rate of return on investment: he requires from projects for electrification of main railway lines in Scotland;(2) if he will take social and economic cost benefits into account in reaching his decision on the electrification of the railway line from Edinburgh to Aberdeen.
I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on Monday 2 March 1992.