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To ask Her Majesty's Government further to their decision to provide state aid to Flybe, what assessment they have made of the case for (1) planning for a possible public take-over of essential regional and short-haul airlines in the event of a collapse of an operating company, on a similar basis to that with London North Eastern Railway on the East Coast main line or otherwise, and (2) improvements in the railway network between the regional centres, in particular on the north-east and south-west axis between Exeter, Bristol and Birmingham, in addition to HS2 between Birmingham and the north-east.
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