HC Deb 21 December 1988 vol 144 c339W
33. Mr. Robert Hughes

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he has discussed with British Rail the electrification of the east coast line between Aberdeen and Edinburgh; and if he will make a statement.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton

My right hon. and learned Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland met the chairman of British Rail, Sir Robert Reid on 15 November 1988 and discussed a wide range of issues. Responsibility for investment is a matter for the British Railways Board, not the Government. However, I understand that the board's view is that the level of traffic would not justify electrifying the line north of Edinburgh.