§ Mr. Irvine
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he proposes to authorise any further investment in British Rail's provincial services.
§ Mr. Portillo
We have authorised the purchase by British Rail of another 56 class 158 express vehicles at a cost of about £20 million. They will be built at BREL immediately after the 138 vehicles which we approved in January. The first of all these new vehicles should be entering service by early 1991.