The Railways Board estimates that in 1970, within its approved programmes, it will spend £10·7 million on 427 new passenger carriages, and £5·2 million on 1,429 new wagons.
Would the hon. Gentleman agree that the maintenance of new fast passenger schedules are dependent on high-quality rolling stock for passenger purposes? Is he aware that the London Midland—St. Pancras-Sheffield—region has the worst rolling stock and the worst timetables of any schedule in the country? Would he therefore agree that new air-conditioned stock should be put on this as on other lines?