HC Deb 10 March 1988 vol 129 c292W
Mr. Andrew Smith

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he has any plans to change present levels of financial support for British R ail in the light of increasing demand for rail services.

Mr. David Mitchell

The objectives agreed with the chairman of the British Railways Board in October 1986 provide for a reduction in public service obligation grant to the board to £555 million (at 1986–87 prices) in 1989–90. Increasing demand reflects well on the board's efforts to improve the quality and marketing of its services, and rising revenues from passengers make a valuable contribution towards reducing the cost to the taxpayer.