HL Deb 27 November 2000 vol 619 cc102-3WA
Lord Roberts of Conwy

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What proportion of the rails currently being replaced by Railtrack were laid down in the last five years. [HL4609]

The Minister of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (Lord Macdonald of Tradeston)

Railtrack have advised that on information currently available, approximately 11 per cent of the rail identified as having "gauge corner cracking" is five years old or less.