§ Mr. Malcolm Bruce
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he last discussed(a) possible expansion of the network; (b) possible closure of passenger lines and (c) possible passenger fare increases with the chairman of British Rail.
§ Mr. Portillo
My right hon. Friend discusses a wide range of railway issues at his regular meetings with the chairman of British Rail. He has recently discussed with the chairman the objectives he proposes to set for the next three years. He hopes to publish them shortly.