Can my hon. Friend assure the House that if such schemes are submitted in the plans for the development of the region they will be given every possible support by the Ministry?
I cannot anticipate what the Minister's view will be on this. I know the possibility of the electrification of the line is being examined by the Board. It is for the Board to initiate proposals. I am told its studies are not yet sufficiently advanced to indicate when the proposals will come forward.