Channel Tunnel (Railway Development)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Transport – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 14 March 1988.

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Photo of Paul Flynn Paul Flynn , Newport West 12:00, 14 March 1988

Will the Minister confirm that under present plans there will be no possibility for the people of Wales or the west of England to have a direct rail link through to the continent of Europe after the Channel tunnel is constructed? Will he reconsider the possibility of such a link for the benefit of business, commercial affairs and tourism in south Wales? Is he content for the Channel tunnel to be a further deepening of the east-west divide between the claustrophic, overheated and overcrowded south-east of England and the vast acres of opportunity in Wales and the west of England, which increasingly will be on the periphery of the Common Market?