§ Mr. Pickthall
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if he will make a statement about the future of the Carnforth-Barrow and Barrow-Carlisle Cumbrian coast railway lines;
(2) if he will make a statement about the future of the Wigan-Southport and the Ormskirk-Preston railway lines.
§ Mr. Freeman
Our policy is to franchise the operation of all British Rail's passenger services to the private sector. Each franchise will be based upon the timetable operated by British Rail just prior to its commencement. In the meantime, decisions about services on individual lines remain a matter for British Rail.