12 November 2013: Lord Spicer asked Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to mark the passage of the legislation enabling the privatisation of British Rail.
during the Question....
Lord Faulkner of Worcester (Lab): My Lords, has any assessment been made of the sort of railway that we would be enjoying today had the British Railways Board received the same levels of support and investment — much of which has come from the taxpayer, despite what the noble Lord, Lord Mawhinney, said, but has been made available to privatised industry—and had the railway not been subject to the negative influences of decline and contraction, to which the Minister rightly referred, largely at the behest of Her Majesty’s Treasury?