§ 20. Mrs. Gillian Shephard
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many rail electrification schemes have been approved by Her Majesty's Government since 1983.
§ Mr. David Mitchell
Since 1983 the Government have approved seven electrification schemes, worth over £500 million. In addition the Government have approved a 357W package of Channel tunnel-related investment including some £30 million of electrification work. British Rail has itself approved a further nine smaller schemes.