§ Mr. Simon Coombs
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many miles of continuous welded rail he expects to authorise, as envisaged in British Rail's corporate plan, in the years 1988–89, 1989–90, 1990–91 and 1991–92.
§ Mr. David Mitchell
British Rail's expenditure on continuous welded rail is a management matter for which they do not require ministerial consent. The mileage of track on which British Rail expects to complete work in each year is as follows:
Mileage 1988–89 268 1989–90 249 1990–91 241 1991–92 228