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Departmental Manpower

Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 1 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many members of her departmental staff, in each pay band, have been working on high speed rail links from London to Birmingham, Manchester and Scotland in each of the last five years. (195177)

[holding answer 19 March 2008]: Departmental staff work on matters relating to inter-urban rail, though none have been dedicated to work on high-speed rail links.

The Secretary of State recently invited Network Rail to begin work to develop a better understanding of some of the complex rail options, such as new lines, that we may have in future.