Railways (Rolling Stock)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Transport – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 21st November 1994.

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Photo of Mr John Gunnell Mr John Gunnell , Leeds South and Morley 12:00 am, 21st November 1994

I believe that it would be in order to compliment the Minister on his new position. This is the third time that I have put the first question to a new Minister; each of the other two has been promoted. [Hon Members: "Third time unlucky."] Yes—he has certainly taken over the railways at a critical juncture.

Will the Minister speed up the orders being placed, because the railway engineering industry is dying as a result of the uncertainty about rolling stock caused by the privatisation proposals and the lack of progress with the rolling stock companies? These companies—there are four of them in Yorkshire—need help now. Will the Minister speed up the orders, so that capital is provided to get our industry going again?