§ Mr. Ron Lewis
asked the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has yet taken a decision on the application by Blue Circle Cement for a grant under section 8 of the Railways Act 1974 towards the cost of a rail-served cement distribution depot at Carlisle.
§ Mr. Horam
A grant of £683,000 has been agreed for this project. This will secure on rail for the future bulk supplies of cement from the company's works at Eastgate, Weardale, and Hope, Derbyshire, and will avoid numerous lorry movements along the routes concerned. The grant is the second largest to be agreed in England.