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Railways (Rolling Stock)

Volume 301: debated on Tuesday 25 November 1997

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will ensure that a requirement to improve rolling stock is integral to the new franchise agreement when new franchises are let for rail services. [16854]

Current franchise agreements have between four and fourteen years still to run. We shall consider the terms on which franchises might be relet in the light of all the circumstances pertaining at the time.