HC Deb 15 December 1965 vol 722 cc295-6W
127. Mr. Deedes

asked the Minister of Transport when he expects to receive the report of the survey recently made on the proposed route of the Channel Link; and what further work requires to be done before a decision on this project can be taken.

Mr. Tom Fraser

I expect to receive the report on the survey early in 1966. The British and French Governments will want to assess together both that report and the joint report officials are to prepare on organisational, juridical and financial matters, before reaching further decisions on the project.

128. Mr. Dodds-Parker

asked the Minister of Transport whether, in view of the fact that the Channel Tunnel survey is now satisfactorily completed and that private enterprise capital for the construction of the tunnel can be made available in Great Britain, France and other interested countries in whatever proportion is permitted by the two Governments, he will now take steps to accelerate the remaining decisions about the structure and the organisation required to complete the project at the earliest possible date.

Mr. Tom Fraser

Progress towards the completion of the survey is being satisfactorily maintained and officials are pursuing their joint discussions on organisational, juridical and financial matters, including a consideration of the possible availability of private capital and the conditions attaching to it. Subsequent stages of the project must await a detailed joint assessment by the British and French Governments of the results of the work now in hand.