It is for the British Railways Board to decide on the next generation of high-speed electric trains. I understand that British Rail is working on three possibilities—the APT, to which the hon. Gentleman referred and for which some important design changes have been proposed; the class 89 locomotive; and the electric version of the high-speed train, to which the hon. Gentleman also referred.
In the twilight of Sir Peter Parker's reign at British Rail, will the Minister ensure that this costly and foolish project is buried? Will he assure the House that the next chairman of British Rail will be given a brief to take the fare-paying passenger for a ride on clean trains that run on time rather thantake the taxpayer for a ride, as has happened in the past?