§ Mr. Ron Lewis
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will reconsider his decision to close the railways service on the Alston-Haltwhistle line, in view of the hardship that would result from its closure; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Peyton
This passenger service will not in any event be withdrawn before May 1975. I will expect adequate provision for alternative public transport, including road improvements, to be made before the closure takes place.