Passenger Transport Executive

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 3rd December 1984.

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Mr. Edwards:

asked the Secretary of State for Transport what consultations he has had with British Rail regarding the proposal to end section 20 grants.

Photo of Mr David Mitchell Mr David Mitchell , North West Hampshire

We have no intention to end the powers of passenger transport executives to make such payments.

Mr. Edwards:

Did I hear the Minister say that he has no powers?

Photo of Mr David Mitchell Mr David Mitchell , North West Hampshire

We have no intention to end the powers of passenger transport executives to make such payments. I am afraid that this is typical of the myth designed to frighten travellers and I am glad to have this opportunity to kill stone dead that rumour before it spreads further.

Mr. Edwards:

Is the Minister aware that a grant of £100 million to British Rail is in jeopardy? Is the Minister further aware that the west midlands passenger service will have difficulty in surviving?

Photo of Mr David Mitchell Mr David Mitchell , North West Hampshire

I have endeavoured to kill the rumour. I can only add that the West Midlands PTE, in the three-year plan that it made this year, makes no suggestion of possible withdrawals of section 20 grants to British Rail.