§ 26. Mr. John Smith
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what steps he is taking to encourage rail operators to provide new passenger services on under-utilised sections of the freight network. 
§ Mrs. Liddell
The Director of Rail Passenger Franchising recently published Bidding Guidance for the Rail Passenger Partnership scheme announced in the Government's Integrated Transport White Paper. The scheme will encourage innovative new rail passenger services at the local and regional level.