HC Deb 17 February 1970 vol 796 c71W
75. Mr. Albert Roberts

asked the Minister of Transport what estimate of the saving which would accrue he obtained before sanctioning the electrification of the Euston-Manchester line; and whether he will give a general direction to the Railways Board to publish estimates of the cost of electrifying comparable routes.

Mr. Mulley

The decision to authorise the electrification of the line from Euston to Manchester was taken by the previous Government.

On the second part of the Question, I do not consider that this would be a suitable subject for a general direction to the board.