HC Deb 06 November 1980 vol 991 cc659-60W
Mr. Allen McKay

asked the Minister of Transport whether, in view of the head of population in Lambeth, Camden, Manchester, Liverpool, Sheffield, Winchester, Cambridge, Exeter, South Shropshire, Maidstone and Northampton for each of the last five years.

Mr. King

The estimated final allocation of rate support grant per head of the population payable in respect of these authorities for the years 1976–77 to 1980–81, including in the case of each non-metropolitan district the needs element per head payable to the council of the county in which it is situated, is as follows:

regular weekend passenger service shown in British Railway's working timetable as operating on the rail link between Sheffield and Manchester via Woodhead, he will reconsider his decision not to hold an inquiry on the closure.

Mr. Kenneth Clarke

No; the decision to close the Woodhead tunnel line is entirely a matter for the Railways Board. The passenger service on this line which is listed in British Rail's operating timetable appears in the published timetable for the Hope Valley route, and is being diverted from its usual route due to temporary engineering works.