§ Mr. Ron Lewis
asked the Minister of Transport what consultations she had, before coming to her decision to close the Great Central Line, with the various regional economic boards covered by that line; and what was the result of those consultations.
§ Mr. Swingler
The regional economic planning bodies concerned were fully consulted both before the formal publication of the proposal to close certain sections of the former Great Central line and during the detailed consideration afterwards. After taking their comments into account my right hon. Friend decided that closure would not conflict with national or regional planning.