HC Deb 19 January 1983 vol 35 c326
20. Mr. Snape

asked the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with the railway trade unions on the report of the Serpell committee on British Rail finances; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. David Howell

None. I shall welcome the views of all parties when the reports are published.

Mr. Snape

Am I indulging in idle speculation in saying that the Serpell report proposes a reduction in the railway network of 1,600 miles, a reduction in safety standards for British Rail, the parcelling up and selling of British Rail Engineering Ltd. and substantial fare increases for commuters, especially in London and southeast? Am I speculating, or is that what is contained in the report?

Mr. Howell

The hon. Gentleman is speculating.

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