HC Deb 06 February 1984 vol 53 cc446-7W
35. Mr. Leigh

asked the Secretary of State for Transport what progress is being made by British Rail in disposing of the property it has identified as surplus to its requirements.

Mr. David Mitchell

The gross annual proceeds from sales of BR surplus land and property has grown fom £10 million in 1978 to £34 million in 1982. The final figure for 1983 is expected to be significantly higher. We are encouraging the board to do even better and the objectives we have given the chairman of British Rail include a vigorous policy of property disposal.