HL Deb 05 November 1986 vol 481 c1172WA
Lord Ferrier

asked Her Majesty's Government:

To what extent British Rail are prematurely expending treasure and effort in planning for a Channel tunnel which might otherwise be employed in maintenance and development of the country's existing internal railway system.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Transport (Lord Brabazon of Tara)

British Rail are investing design effort in a project which will offer vast opportunities to them for additional traffic in passengers and goods from all parts of the country.