§ Dr. Marek
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 23 May 2000,Official Report, column 436W, which external consultants the Franchising Director used to satisfy himself of the validity of the Virgin rail study on electrification of the North Wales main line; and what their terms of reference were. 
§ Mr. Hill
[holding answer 7 June 2000]The Franchising Director commissioned MVA Ltd. in connection with the Virgin study. Their terms of reference were to make an assessment of the study to allow the sSRA to reach a view on the robustness of methodology and the merits of the proposed North Wales electrification scheme.