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Railways

Volume 470: debated on Tuesday 15 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what percentage change from a 2003 baseline she has projected for (a) rail passenger and (b) rail freight mileage by (i) 2010, (ii) 2015, (iii) 2020 and (iv) 2025. (178143)

The percentage change relative to 2003-04 for rail passenger miles on franchised services in England and Wales is forecast as follows:

Percentage growth

2010-11

26

2015-16

44

2020-21

54

2025-26

70

Rail freight is a commercial business between the freight operators and Network Rail. The Department does not make forecasts of this traffic.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment she has made of the effects of the business practices of the rolling stock companies on the operation of the rail network. (179137)

The Department for Transport made a submission to the Office of Rail Regulation on 28 June 2006 requesting that it refer the market to the Competition Commission for investigation under Section 131 of the Enterprise Act 2002.

On 26 April 2007 ORR referred the leasing of rolling stock for franchised passenger services and the supply of related maintenance services to the Competition Commission. The Competition Commission issued their emerging thinking on 19 December 2007.

For further details, I would refer the hon. Member to:

www.competition-commission.org.uk/inquiries/ref2007/roscos/index.htm

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what her policy is on the sale of rolling stock by rolling stock companies to overseas customers. (179139)

Rolling stock is privately owned by the rolling stock companies. Sales and rolling stock are therefore a business matter for them.