HC Deb 05 May 1955 vol 540 c1889
36. Mr. K. Robinson

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation when he expects to receive the first of the annual forecasts promised by the British Transport Commission in connection with the Railways Modernisation Scheme.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

The British Transport Commission informs me that it hopes to publish the first statement of forecasts this afternoon.

Mr. Robinson

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that many Londoners, including many of my constituents, are extremely anxious to see a start made on the electrification of the main lines? Can he give any indication whether a start is to be made in the near future?

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

So far as forecasts for the first year are concerned, perhaps the hon. Member will wait until later this afternoon.