HC Deb 19 January 1977 vol 924 c207W
Mr. Stanley

asked the Secretary of State for Transport what was the amount of Government grant paid towards the costs of the commuter rail services in the London and South-East area in 1975 and 1976; and what is the estimated amount for 1977.

Mr. William Rodgers

Under the Railways Act 1974 support for rail passenger operations is for the system as a whole. It is not separately calculated for individual business sectors such as London and the South-East. These services are undoubtedly responsible for a considerable part of the Government support required for the Railways. I would refer the hon. Member to the information about this given in paragraph 7.19 of Volume 1 of the Government's consultation document on Transport Policy, published in April 1976.