Kelvin Hopkins (Luton North, Labour)
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport
(2) whether he has discussed with Network Rail a timetable for Network Rail to obtain rail freight facilities from DB Schenker;
(3) what discussions (a) he and (b) his officials had with Network Rail on ensuring that freight facilities obtained by Network Rail from DB Shenker will be used to support rail freight; and what the outcome of such discussions was.
Simon Burns (The Minister of State, Department for Transport; Chelmsford, Conservative)
Neither I, the Secretary of State for Transport, my right hon. Friend Mr McLoughlin, or my officials have held discussions with Network Rail or DB Schenker about these matters, which are a commercial issue between Network Rail and DB Schenker, although officials are kept informed as a matter of routine.