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Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will work with the Scottish Executive to secure the (a) replacement of Caledonian sleeper rolling stock and (b) long-term operation of the cross-border service. (257760)

My right hon. Friend is happy to work with the Scottish Government and his right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Transport on these matters. Sleeper services are an integral part of the First Scot Rail franchise agreement, which is managed by the Scottish Government. I understand that the recent Franchise Extension Agreement includes an obligation for First Scot Rail to develop additional proposals to improve the sleeper service.