§ Mr. Darling
"The Future of Rail" white paper set out proposals for the Mayor to be able to buy additional services or propose savings on rail services in London. Transport for London would pay any additional costs (or recoup any savings).
The white paper also set out a number of issues in respect of London for further consideration or work. Assessing the cost implications of the various options will be an important part of this further work.
§ Mr. Jenkins
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what Government subsidy was given to rail providers for the last year for which figures are available; and what it was calculated to be(a) per passenger and (b) per passenger mile. 
§ Mr. McNulty
Details of subsidy paid to each train operator in 2003–04 are set out in Appendix 3 to the Strategic Rail Authority's annual report 2003–04. Total numbers of passenger journeys made with each train operator in 2003–04 are shown in Section 8 of the Strategic Rail Authority's National Rail Trends Yearbook 2003–04. Details of subsidy per passenger kilometre travelled with each train operator in 2003–04 are set out in Appendix 5 to the Strategic Rail Authority's annual report 2003–04.
Copies of the annual report and the yearbook are available in the Libraries of the House.