§ Mr. Skinner
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has had from elected bodies in the east midlands regarding the need to provide funding for the electrification of the midland line; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Portillo
I have received a number of representations from local authorities about the electrification of the midland main line, including one from the midland main line consortium of local authorities. It remains for British Rail to come forward with any proposals it considers worth while.