HC Deb 01 April 1981 vol 2 cc132-3W
Mr. Fitch

asked the Secretary of State for Transport for what pm-poses £98,000 is being spent on the Channel tunnel in 1981–82; and whether this expenditure is consistent with his statement of 19 March 1980 that public funds will not be devoted to the project.

Mr. Fowler

The estimated expenditure for 1981–82 is entirely consistent with my statement of 19 March 1980. It covers the maintenance of property—including the trial bore—for which I have inherited responsibility following the abandonment in 1975 of the previous Channel tunnel project; and a contingency provision for the purchase of further property should proof of blight make this necessary.