Channel Tunnel, Scotland — Northern Ireland

Oral Answers to Questions — Roads – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 16th November 1955.

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Photo of Mr Harford Hyde Mr Harford Hyde , Belfast North 12:00 am, 16th November 1955

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation whether, in the interests of the economy and better communications of the United Kingdom as a whole, he will introduce legislation to facilitate the construction of a submarine channel tunnel between the shortest and most convenient points connecting Scotland with Northern Ireland.

Photo of Mr Harford Hyde Mr Harford Hyde , Belfast North

Is my right hon. Friend aware that when this project was first raised sixty years ago, the geologists and engineers who examined it gave it as their opinion that it was a perfectly feasible and practicable proposition, and that this opinion has been confirmed by more recent surveys? Is it not time that something was done to implement it?

Photo of Mr John Boyd-Carpenter Mr John Boyd-Carpenter , Kingston upon Thames

My Answer was based not on the consideration whether this proposal would be feasible or not but on the consideration that it would be an extremely expensive operation, and I doubt if it would be right, even if the funds were available, necessarily to spend them in that way.

Photo of Mr Harford Hyde Mr Harford Hyde , Belfast North

In view of that unsatisfactory reply, I wish to give notice that I shall raise this matter again at the earliest opportunity.