asked Her Majesty's Government:
In light of their announcement of a review of ownership, operation, maintenance and finance of the railways in the United Kingdom, whether they will place in the Library of the House a summary of the principal arrangements made in these areas in each of the member states of the European Union, together with a list of any aspect of railway operation, finance and management subject to European Union legislative requirements.
The Government do not themselves collect the information requested. However, the European Commission recently commissioned from NERA Consultants a Study of the Financing of and Public Budget Contributions to Railways which includes, as background, a comparison of the arrangements on ownership, operation, maintenance and finance of the railways in the EU member states. The European Commission expects to publish the full report on its website in the near future. As soon as it does so, I shall place a copy in the Library of the House.
An overview of Community legislation covering railway operations, finance and management is available on the Commission website at: http://www.europa.eu.int/comm/transport/rail/index–en.html. Rebo