HC Deb 17 March 1987 vol 112 cc429-30W
Mr. Chapman

asked the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the implications of the Channel tunnel for the transport infrastructure in the north of England and Scotland.

Mr. David Mitchell

British Rail is presently examining the scope for developing long distance services through the tunnel to all parts of the country. The Government will be ready to approve any commercially justified proposals by British Rail for infrastructure investment to facilitate such services when the time comes.