§ Lord Gainford
asked Her Majesty's Government:
Whether surplus BR freight assets will be made available to companies wishing to operate their own rail freight services.
§ Viscount Goschen
British Rail's freight businesses will need to retain sufficient assets to enable them to operate safely, effectively and economically and to discharge their obligations to customers.
However, where assets are identified as surplus to operational requirements, these will be offered for sale by British Rail on a competitive basis. Companies or individuals interested in purchasing such assets should register their interest with BR's Vendor Unit.