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Channel Tunnel Rail Link

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:31 pm on 3rd June 1998.

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Photo of John Heppell John Heppell Labour, Nottingham East 3:31 pm, 3rd June 1998

I congratulate the Deputy Prime Minister on rescuing the project. I spent a year of my life on the Channel Tunnel Select Committee, and I would hate to have wasted all that time with nothing at the end of it.

One of the things we realised in the Committee was that for real benefits to go to the regions—especially my region of the east midlands and my city of Nottingham—it was essential that we had the full link right through to St. Pancras station. Can my right hon. Friend guarantee that that will happen? I want to go back to the city and tell people not to worry, and that we have promised that the link will be built as far as St. Pancras station.