HC Deb 10 December 1980 vol 995 c376W
26. Mr. Bagier

asked the Minister of Transport what action he has taken to promote rail exports.

Mr. Kenneth Clarke

We take every available opportunity to help find suitable markets for railway exports, and in particular we try to keep in touch with the responsible Ministers in other countries. My right hon. Friend visited China in April as a follow-up to the agreement on railway co-operation which he signed with the Chinese Minister of Railways in November last year. We maintain close contact with British Rail in its overseas activities. But the crucial need is for the railway industry to supply goods at competitive prices and with competitive delivery periods.