§ Mr. Geraint Howells
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with the chairman of British Rail regarding the sale of the Rheidol narrow gauge railway line between Aberystwyth and Devils bridge, Cardiganshire; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Portillo
I understand that the British Railways Board has entered into a conditional contract with the Brecon Mountain Railway Co. The Secretary of State's consent will be needed in due course to the sale, to the closure of the existing BR service, and to the making of the light railway transfer order.