HC Deb 15 May 1882 vol 269 c671

asked the First Lord of the Treasury, When the Military Committee will report as to the means of destroying or defending the proposed Channel Tunnel; and, whether the noble Lord the Member for Flintshire, Secretary to the Treasury, has given evidence before that Committee in favour of making the tunnel project, of which he is chairman?


Sir, I have been requested by my right hon. Friend the First Lord of the Treasury to answer the Question of the hon. Gentleman. The Committee now inquiring into the scientific questions in connection with the proposed Channel Tunnel is not a purely Military Committee. They will report, as I have fully explained to the House, as to the means of destroying the Tunnel and rendering it useless to an enemy; but after they have reported the purely military questions will be referred to the Military Advisers of the Government; but their inquiry is not yet complete. The noble Lord to whom the second part of the Question refers has given evidence before the Scientific Committee.