HC Deb 06 May 1999 vol 330 c429W
Mr. Fearn

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions how much British Rail land was sold to private companies in(a) 1996, (b) 1997 and (c) 1998. [83005]

Ms Glenda Jackson

Total sales of land by the British Railways Board for each financial year are as follows:

  • 1996 –97: 518 sales for £65.6 million
  • 1997 –98: 800 sales for £76.3 million
  • 1998 –99: 222 sales for £33.0 million.

Information on which sales were to private companies, private individuals (who may be buying for use by a private company) or public bodies is not held in a readily available form and could be provided only at disproportionate cost to the Board.