§ Mr. Wigley
asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he will seek discussions with British Railways, with a view to his Department submitting to the EEC a proposal for financial assistance towards the electrification of the Holyhead to Crewe railway line.
§ Mr. Michael Roberts
No. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Tansport has invited British Rail to prepare and submit a 10-year programme of schemes for electrification of potentially profitable main line routes where the benefits would justify the investment. At this stage it would be premature to consider any application for aid from the European Community.