§ Mr. Chidgey
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what amount was paid to Railtrack in level crossing grant for 1996–97; and what is the forecast level of the grant for 1997–98. 
§ Mr. Watts
No level crossing grant was paid to Railtrack for 1996–97 and no such grant is forecast to be paid in 1997–98. With effect from 1 April 1996, level crossing grant ceased to be payable to Railtrack, which recovers the costs of maintaining level crossings through the access charges paid by train operating companies.