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Environmental Protection

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:45 pm on 22nd December 1988.

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Photo of Mr Andrew Rowe Mr Andrew Rowe , Kent Mid 1:45 pm, 22nd December 1988

I put to my hon. Friend a specific point, to which he may turn later. British Rail, which is a monopoly supplier in this country, has proposed the various routes and is also the holder of the criteria against which those routes are being evaluated. British Rail is the supplier of all the information, and as far as I can see it is the only major source of technical advice available to the Government. In those circumstances, those who have any reason whatsoever to be sceptical about some of British Rail's arguments feel powerless. Before my hon. Friend closes his helpful remarks, I hope that he will address the suggestion that another method of evaluating British Rail's proposals might be found.