§ Mr. David Porter
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many complaints about the performance of British Rail he has received in the past two years; and how he has responded to the complaints.340W
§ Mr. Michael Portillo
The Department does not keep statistics by subject matter of the letters we receive from members of the public about rail services. Unless they raise wider policy issues that are properly a matter for the Government, complaints are usually referred either to the British Railways board, which is responsible for operating the railway, or to local transport users consultative committees, which exist to represent the views of all users and can often help in resolving particular problems.