§ Mr. Spearing
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what consultations he has had with the chief inspecting officer of railways concerning the introduction of multiple separate publications to replace the single324W volume British Rail rule book; and if he will make a statement concerning changes in the distribution of the new publications compared to that for the single volume.
§ Mr. Watts
There have been no such consultations. However, the chief inspecting officer of railways is aware that Railtrack intends to re-publish the former British Rail rule book in a new format, divided into a number of separate publications. He has no objection to this proposal and shares Railtrack's opinion that it is potentially beneficial to safety.