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'(5A) The Secretary of State shall not confirm any byelaw submitted to him for confirmation unless he has consulted the Kent County Council and the council of any district in which it appears to him that the byelaw would have effect.'.—[Mr. David Mitchell.]
When I spoke a few moments ago, I was trying to give the Minister the opportunity, if he so wished, to say whether he was prepared to pursue the matter. I resumed my seat because I hoped that the Minister would rise again and say whether he could meet, in some way, the request that I made for a further initiative from British Rail.
It was my intention to rise when my hon. Friend sat down but simply to say that I cannot give him a positive assurance that British Rail will install such arrangements in its trains and Anglo-French trains, because I do not know the costs involved, or the commercial consequences. I am prepared to help my hon. Friend and to undertake to raise the matter with British Rail.