§ 11. Dr. John Dunwoody
asked the Minister of Transport what further proposals he has received from British Railways regarding line closures; and if he will make a statement.
§ 21. Mr. Biffen
asked the Minister of Transport what estimate he has made of the number of railway closures scheduled during 1969–70; what consultations he has had with British Railways on such closures; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Marsh
I am at present considering applications for social grant under Section 39 of the Transport Act, 1968, and shall be making an announcement shortly.
§ Dr. Dunwoody
I welcome my right hon. Friend's announcement of his intention to give us further details shortly, but will he look particularly at the problem of those lines under suspended sentence in our development areas and take into consideration the economic and social factors involved?
§ Mr. Biffen
Does the Minister foresee that when he makes his statement he will tell us the estimated number of passenger services likely to be closed during the period referred to in my Question? Can he confirm that at the moment 350 passenger services are loss-making?
Mr. Edward M. Taylor
How many miles of line will have to be closed to get the figure down to 11,000 which has been advocated, and when will this be achieved?