HC Deb 24 June 1999 vol 333 c441W
Mr. Bradshaw

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will discuss with the Office of Passenger Rail Franchising and South West Trains the re-instatement of bicycle carriage on all trains to a minimum of 10 spaces per five car train. [87256]

Ms Glenda Jackson

The franchise agreements which govern the provision of service require train operators to provide facilities for the carriage of bicycles, so far as it is practicable for them to do so and subject to the availability of space on their rolling stock. The only five car trains operated by South West Trains are Wessex Electrics on services from London Waterloo to Southampton—Bournemouth, Weymouth and Poole. These

Date Location DETR Irish Minister
23 February 1998 Dublin Angela Eagle Tom Kitt, Minister for Labour, Trade and Consumer Affairs
24–25 April 1998 Chester Michael Meacher Noel Dempsey, Minister for the Environment
25 January 1999 London Glenda Jackson Mary O'Rourke TD, Minister for Housing
19 February 1999 Dublin Hilary Armstrong Robert Molloy, Minister for Housing
25 February 1999 London Michael Meacher Joe Jacob, Minister for Agriculture

Relevant officials were also in attendance.