HC Deb 09 February 1981 vol 998 cc286-7W
Mr. Albert Roberts

asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to support a major electrification programme by British Railways in the light of the need to make provision for public transport when oil reserves are exhausted.

Mr. Fowler

The final report of the joint review of electrification will be published in the next few days. In considering its findings I shall certainly bear in mind the contribution that electrification could make to reducing the nation's dependence on oil.

Sir David Price

asked the Secretary of State for Transport what is his latest estimate of the amount of public money which will be made available during 1981–82 to British Railways.

Mr. Fowler

The limit for 1981–82 on the British Railways Board's total external finance—comprising grants, net borrowing and leasing—is £920 million. Within this total grants are expected to amount to about £800 million.