To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had with Network Rail on their (a) objectives, (b) accountability, (c) pay awards and (d) performance bonuses. 
My right. hon. Friend, the Secretary of State meets the Chairman of Network Rail on a regular basis to discuss a range of issues. Pay awards and performance bonuses are a matter for Network Rail, subject to its licence conditions. These require the preparation of an annual management incentive plan and set out the broad parameters of such a plan.
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he was consulted on the Strategic Rail Authority's latest announcement on cuts to rail services to Liverpool; and if he will make a statement. 
[holding answer 7 March 2003]: The changes to the rail service to Liverpool were made by the SRA to improve the operational effectiveness of the UK rail network. My right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State, was consulted on these changes and fully supports the SRA's strategy to improve the reliability of train services.
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the level of investment in the national railway infrastructure. 
I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to the hon. Member for New Forest, West (Mr. Swayne) on 4 March 2003, Official Report, column 942W.
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many staff have been employed by the Office of the Rail Regulator in each year since 1997. 
I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to the hon. Member for Bath (Mr. Foster) on 3 February 2003, Official Report, column 46W.