§ Mr. Channon
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has for providing funding for Network SouthEast to lease new trains.
§ Mr. Freeman
In last year's autumn statement an additional £150 million was made available to British Rail specifically to allow it to lease new rolling stock. New outer suburban trains for Network SouthEast are one of two options being considered by British Rail. It is expected to take a decision later in the summer. Whatever the outcome, I shall be looking to support further leasing deals, provided that they comply with Treasury guidelines.