Mr. Edward M. Taylor
asked the Minister of Transport what was the cost of the recent visit to Montreal made by the Parliamentary Secretary for the purpose of ascertaining whether Mr. N. J. MacMillan would consider accepting the post of chairman of British Rail.
§ Mrs. Castle
My hon. Friend, who is Chairman of the Group whose report formed the basis for the recent White Paper on Railway Policy (Cmnd. 3439), paid a visit to Montreal last month in order to discuss with the President and other members of Canadian National Railways a number of issues of railway planning, policy, management and financial control. They were able to draw valuable lessons from this railway's extremely successful record in recent years. The total cost of the visit—including the costs of three officials—was £1,026.