HC Deb 05 March 1951 vol 485 cc24-5
35. Mr. Gammans

asked the Minister of Transport why he refused to approve the capital expenditure necessary to complete the electrification of the line from Finsbury Park to Alexandra Palace; and what was the amount of money involved.

Mr. Barnes

I have not withheld approval for this scheme, the estimated cost of which is £4 million. While the Commission's total capital investment is limited, within that limitation the Commission apportion capital investment for their Executives in accordance with their views as to priorities.

Mr. Gammans

As it would not cost very much, relatively, to finish off this job, which has been in progress since before the war, would the right hon. Gentleman consider giving the necessary authorisation to do it?

Mr. Barnes

I have not withheld approval, but the Commission must have the responsibility for allocating what capital they have for investment.

Colonel Gomme-Duncan

Has the right hon. Gentleman reminded the Commission that there is not a single yard of overland electric railway in Scotland?