HC Deb 24 November 1966 vol 736 cc343-4W
30. Mr. Dobson

asked the First Secretary of State and Secretary of State for Economic Affairs if he will give instructions to economic planning councils not to proceed with consideration of regional plans until they have been appraised of plans to close British Railways freight depots.

Mr. William Rodgers

No. The Railways Board is under no statutory obligation to consult regional Planning Councils or anyone else about closure of freight depots, but the Chairman of the Railways Board has arranged for planning councils to be given, from time to time, general information about the Board's plans for freight services.