HC Deb 07 December 1989 vol 163 cc346-7W
Mr. Hayes

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many road accidents have been reported involving stationary vehicles on motorway hard shoulders in each of the years 1980 to 1989; and how many people were(a) injured and (b) killed.

Mr. Atkins

The figures requested are in the following table; accident data for 1989 are currently unavailable.

Mr. Portillo

Separate figures for railways investment in Greater London alone are not available. BR plans to invest some £65 million in its Scottish region infrastructure over the next three financial years, and the region will also benefit from wider programmes of investment in new rolling stock.

Mr. Malcolm Bruce

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if he will make it his policy to encourage use of British Rail by increasing the public subsidy;

(2) if he will make it his policy to maintain the real value of the public subsidy to British Rail over the next five years;

(3) what assessment he has made of the environmental implications of a reduction in the public subsidy to British Rail; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Portillo

Our policy on subsidies for British Rail remains as set out in the Government's response (HC420) to the Transport Select Committee report on the financing of rail services (HC 383). My right hon. Friend plans to announce shortly new three-year objectives for British Rail.