§ Mr. Gordon Prentice
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received concerning the feasibility of reopening the railway from Leyburn to Hawes; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Watts
My right hon. Friend has received no direct representations on this matter. The Department of the Environment and the Rural development Commission have received a bid from the Wensleydale Railway Association for funds to reopen part of the Wensleydale railway line—between Northallerton and Castle Bolton—under their rural challenge scheme 1996. The bid is currently under consideration. Both Leyburn and Hawes are situated on that line.