§ 30. Mr. Leadbitter
asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he has had any discussions with the chairman of the British Railways Board on the proposals, plans, and approvals agreed or received by him from the chairman on electrifications; and what is the number of route miles expected to be completed by 1985 and in the 10-year programme referred to in his reply to the hon. Member for Hartlepool on 14 November, Official Report, c. 289.
§ Mr. David Mitchell
My right hon. Friend frequently meets the chairman to discuss matters of mutual interest, including electrification. British Rail's 10-year programme covers some 1,345 route miles. Progress on that programme will depend on decisions still to be made.