Two years ago, the Prime Minister stood on the ruins of the Dawlish sea wall and said:
“If money needs to be spent, it will be spent; if resources are required we will provide them”.
Now, we learn that Network Rail cannot even afford to fund a report on improving the south-west’s rail lines, putting millions of pounds of investment at risk. Yesterday, the Prime Minister could not say where that money would come from. I want to give the rail Minister a chance. Will she honour her right hon. Friend’s commitment and fund that study?