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Rail Franchising

Part of NHS Winter Crisis – in the House of Commons at 4:21 pm on 10th January 2018.

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Photo of Patrick McLoughlin Patrick McLoughlin Conservative, Derbyshire Dales 4:21 pm, 10th January 2018

Will the hon. Gentleman tell us, during the course of his speech, how franchising changed between 1997 and 2010, when it was defended continually by the previous Labour Government as the best way to see extra investment in the railways? While he is telling us that, will he also confirm that there are actually more people employed on the east coast main line than there were under the previous people operating that line? Will he welcome the fact that the Pacer trains, which have been referred to earlier, will actually go as a result of the new Northern franchise, which the Secretary of State has brought in?