HC Deb 05 December 1979 vol 975 c239W
29. Mr. Les Huckfield

asked the Minister of 'Transport whether he will make a statement on his future proposals for the support of rural railway services.

Mr. Fowler

I have already made it clear in a letter to the chairman of the British Railways Board that it is my firm policy that there should be no substantial cuts in the passenger rail network. A copy of the letter has been placed in the Library of the House.

43. Mr. Ron Lewis

asked the Minister of Transport if he has received the report of the Central Transport Consultative Committee on rural railways; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Fowler

I discussed this report with the Central Transport Consultative Committee on 15 October. It contains some interesting proposals which I shall follow up in discussion with the chairman of the Railways Board.