§ Mr. Wigley
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list his Department's statutory responsibilities to overview and control British Rail's operations and those matters which fall within the operational responsibility of British Rail.
§ Mr. Freeman
Under section 3 of the Transport Act 1962, it is the duty of the railways board to provide railway
Date Aircraft model Aircraft model Latitude Longitude 1983 22 December Westland WG30 Model A10 5341N 00001W 1984 5 April S-61 (civil models) Model A10 5342N 00005E 19 April Sikorsky S76 Model A10 5339N 00003W 8 May Westland WG30 Tornado GR 5343N 00006E 14 May Westland WG30 Model F111 5342N 00006E 7 September Friendship F27 Medium Jet (type unknown) 5341N 00002W 1986 23 April Cessna 150 Model F111 5336N 00024W 23 September Super Puma/Tiger helicopter F4/Phantom 5341N 00002W 1987 20 October Cessna 404 Model A10 5435N 00012W 1988 28 April Tornado GR S-61 (civil models) 5345N 00005E 21 June Skyhawk 172 Tornado GR 5336N 00027W 18 July Friendship F27 Cessna 150 5334N 00025W 10 August Cherokee Model A10 5342N 00007W 6 September Friendship F27 Skyhawk 172 5344N 00014W 22 November Dauphin SA 365 Model F111 5339N 00006E 1989 9 January Sikorsky S76 Jaguar 5342N 00008W 11 May Dauphin SA 365 Jetstream SC4, BAE 31 5336N 00020W
services in Great Britain, and to have due regard to efficiency, economy and safety of operation. The Secretary of State's responsibilities include, in section 27 of the Transport Act 1962, powers to give the railways board directions of a general character as to the exercise and performance of its functions in relation to matters affecting the national interest. The Secretary of State may also, under section 3 of the Railways Act 1974, give directions to the board imposing on it obligations to provide passenger services that it would not provide on a commercial basis and to compensate it for the losses incurred. Since 1 April 1988, this obligation has not applied to InterCity.