§ Mr. Alton
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what funds he will make available under section 8 of the Railways Act 1974 for the development of private railway sidings in the Merseyside area to enable adaptions to take place in time for the opening of the Channel tunnel.
§ Mr. Portillo
That would depend on the merits of any case put to me. I would need to have firm forecasts of the traffic expected, and a clear statement and quantification of the environmental benefits.