Is the right hon. Gentleman quite certain that he knows the views of Dr. Beeching about the line from Salisbury to Exeter? Will he discuss this problem with the successor to Dr. Beeching before any final decision is made about the line?
Clearly at this stage I cannot say whether I have any intention of closing any line anywhere in the country. I receive proposals from the Railways Board. The House is aware of the procedure which is gone through and at the end of it I make a decision. I cannot anticipate at the beginning of the procedure what my decision will be at the end of it.