HC Deb 12 February 1993 vol 218 c863W
Mr. Luff

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what timetable he expects to be followed in the award of the initial franchises for existing British Rail services.

Mr. Freeman

Subject to Parliament approving the Railways Bill, we expect the franchising director to award the franchise contracts for the initial franchises in time for the first private sector railway franchises to commence services in 1994.