§ Sir Keith Speed
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the up-to-date funding position for Ashford international station.
§ Mr. Freeman
The position remains that we have made provision for expenditure by British Rail to cover the track, signalling, platform and other railway works which were inaugurated by the hon. Member on 20 October. The station buildings, car parking and other facilities will be provided by the private sector; British Rail has received bids and is now evaluating these. It hopes to make a statement shortly.