HC Deb 05 June 1992 vol 208 c650W
Mr. Bowis

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the research undertaken into the risk of fire in the channel tunnel will be placed before the House.

Mr. Freeman

Many of the tests and studies relating to the risk of fire in the tunnel shuttle trains are being undertaken by Eurotunnel; publication of the results of any of that work is a matter for the company but the safety authority proposes to publish a general commentary on the work. It will not be possible to publish the commentary until the tests and studies have been completed; this will occur next year at a later stage of commissioning.

In addition, Eurotunnel has commissioned a study of the overall safety of the tunnel system. The safety authority has employed consultants to review Eurotunnel's work and proposes, next year, to issue a report on the outcome.