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Rail Privatisation

Volume 264: debated on Tuesday 24 October 1995

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To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what is his latest estimate of the gross cost to the public purse of British railways in the years 1998 to 2001 if the privatisation plans are implemented. [38460]

[holding answer 23 October 1995]: The privatisation process has irresistible momentum. The Government remain committed to continuing to provide financial support to the railways. We believe that privatisation will bring efficiency improvements, competition and innovation, from which passengers and taxpayers will benefit, and which will become

DateLocationNumbers and type of A/CNationalityNature of breach
7 JanuaryLockerbie Dumfries and Galloway1 x TornadoRAFLockerbie avoidance area
17 JanuaryEshott Northumberland1 x TornadoRAFEshott Microlight Site avoidance area
17 JanuaryRuabon, Clwyd1 x HerculesRAFMonsanto Chemical Works avoidance area
20 JanuaryBeverley Humberside1 x HarrierRAFHull Aero Club avoidance area
25 JanuaryCaerlaverock Dumfries and Galloway1 x GazelleAACWildfowl and Wetlands Trust avoidance area
9 FebruaryCaerlaverock Dumfries and Galloway1 x Sea KingRNWildfowl and Wetlands Trust avoidance area
28 MarchLockerbie Dumfries and Galloway1 x GazelleAACLockerbie avoidance area
6 AprilMarket Rasen Lincolnshire1 x TornadoTTTEHill House Riding School avoidance area
11 AprilBude, Cornwall2xF15USAFSeasonal avoidance area in Little Youlstone
12 AprilCaerlaverock Dumfries and Galloway1 x JaguarRAFWildfowl and Wetlands Trust avoidance area
12 AprilCaerlaverock Dumfries and Galloway1 x TornadoRAFWildfowl and Wetlands Trust avoidance area
12 AprilCaerlaverock Dumfries and Galloway1 x JaguarRAFWildfowl and Wetlands Trust avoidance area
13 AprilSt. Mary's Lock Selkirk2 x JaguarRAFFailed to observe uni-directional flow while flying in the Moffat Valley
15 AprilBeverley North Humberside1 x Tornado 4 x A7RAF Portuguese AirforceHull Aero Club avoidance area
25 AprilCaerlaverock Dumfries and Galloway1 x JaguarRAFWildfowl and Wetlands Trust avoidance area

increasingly evident over time. The major area of cost will be for the provision of passenger services. The level of this cost will be determined by market competition through the process of franchising the passenger train operating companies. No estimate of the cost of public sector support has been made beyond 1995–96.