HC Deb 10 April 1957 vol 568 c1108
35. Mr. Cronin

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation if he will make a statement as to the Government's policy on the construction of a Channel Tunnel.

Mr. Watkinson

Consideration is now being given as to whether recent developments call for any change in policy.

Mr. Cronin

Can the right hon. Gentleman reassure the House that the Government are fully aware of the enormous economic advantages of this scheme and also that the Government are no longer overawed by the advice given by General Sir Garnet Wolseley in the 1880s?

Mr. Watkinson

I do not think that we are particularly overawed by General Wolseley at this stage.

Mr. Gresham Cooke

If there is to be a change in policy and we have a Channel tunnel, as many of us hope, will my right hon. Friend bear in mind that it should have a road section as well as a rail section?

Mr. Watkinson

Yes, but I must warn my hon. Friend and others interested in this interesting and possibly desirable project that so far no plans have been found feasible for a road tunnel, and a rail tunnel alone would probably cost about £100 million.