§ 72. Ronald Atkins
asked the Minister of Transport if she will instruct the British Railways Board to expedite their report to her on the feasibility of mainline electrification between Warrington and Motherwell so that hundreds of electric traction workers in Preston, to be declared redundant in January, will have work.
§ Mr. John Morris:
No. The deferment of this project is among the cuts which have been made, following devaluation, in the investment programme of the nationalised industries. I understand, however, that this decision is unlikely to have any direct effect on employment in Preston early in the New Year.