§ Mr. Nicholls
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take the legislative or other steps necessary to place an immediate moratorium on the rates British Rail charges to its freight customers as part of the preparations for privatisation of British Rail's freight operations.
§ Mr. Freeman
The rates British Rail charges to freight customers are not matters that the Government can control. The Government intend to bring forward legislation under which a regulator would be appointed to supervise track charges to railway operators.