Philip Dunne receives Government assurances for English MPs when Welsh Government awards next border rail franchise

2nd May 2018

Philip Dunne receives assurances on English MPs being able to hold the Welsh Government to account when the Welsh Government awards the next Cardiff to Manchester rail franchise which serves Church Stretton, Craven Arms and Ludlow.

Since the Secretary of State for Transport has agreed to give the power to award the next Cardiff to Manchester rail franchise to the Welsh Assembly, will my hon. Friend give the English MPs through whose constituencies—which include the beautiful towns of Church Stretton, Craven Arms and Ludlow—this line passes some indication of how we can hold the Welsh Government to account on this matter?

It is a line that I have used many times myself, and my hon. Friend is right to say that parts of his constituency are very beautiful. We have ensured that there is an agency agreement between the UK Government and the Welsh Government, so that English passengers—and Members of this House—can go to the Secretary of State for Transport and he can raise their questions directly with the Welsh Government.

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