§ Mr. Bellingham
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what conclusions he has come to about liability for injuries caused by railway accidents after rail privatisation.
§ Mr. Freeman
I have concluded that the basis of liability—negligence—should be the same as it is for all transport accidents so as not to disadvantage rail in relation to competing modes of transport. I shall shortly appoint insurance advisers to make recomendations about effective insurance arrangements in the industry, taking into account the position on liability. Operators will be required by licence to have in place adequate insurance.