§ Mr. Frank Field
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proposals British Rail has put to him for extending the electrification of the Hooton to Chester and Helsby railway line.
§ Mr. McLoughlin
British Rail, together with Cheshire county council and other local councils and the Merseyside passenger transport authority, has proposed that the lines from Hooton to Chester and to Ellesmere Port should be electrified. I am examining this proposal.