§ Mr. Tilney
asked the Minister of Transport if he is aware that waiting lists for sleepers are closed many days before they are required; and if he will issue a general direction to British Rail to acquire more sleeping car rolling stock.
§ Mr. Marsh
The Railways Board tell me that waiting lists for sleepers are only closed if the accommodation is fully booked and there is no likelihood of cancellations absorbing the waiting list. The provision of different types of rolling stock is a matter for the Railways Board, and it would not be appropriate for me to issue a general direction.