§ Colonel PHILIPPS
asked the Prime Minister whether His Majesty's Government has now received and considered the Report of the National Defence Committee upon the projected Channel tunnel; and, if so, whether His Majesty's Government are now prepared to reverse the decision announced on their behalf by Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman to the House of Commons in 1907, that the Government's view of the public interest leads them to be opposed to the project, and that even supposing the military dangers involved were to be amply guarded against, there would still exist throughout the country a feeling of insecurity, which might lead to constant demands for increased expenditure, naval and military, and to continual risks of unrest and possible alarm, however unfounded; and whether the Government still consider these risks would be most injurious in their effects, whether political or commercial?
§ The PRIME MINISTER
The matter is still before the Committee of Imperial Defence. All relevant considerations will be taken into account.