§ Dr. Marek
asked the Secretary of State for Transport what has been the cumulative total amount of money made available under section 8 of the Railways Act 1974 for grants towards the construction of private rail sidings in 1986–87; if he has any plans to increase the amount of money available for this purpose in the current financial year; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. David Mitchell
The total sum available for grants in 1986–87 under section 8 of the Railways Act:1974 including Scotland and Wales and for similar grants under section 36 of the Transport Act 1981 for Waterway Freight Facilities is £7.3 million.
There are no plans to increase this sum which should be sufficient to cover the expected level of demand.