§ Mr. Gordon Prentice
To ask the President of the Board of Trade how many United Kingdom companies manufacture tunnel boring machines of the kind capable of boring the tunnels of the proposed channel tunnel rail link. 
§ Mr. Page
We know of a number of United Kingdom manufacturing firms which make large tunnel boring machines. The precise type of tunnelling machines suitable for the channel tunnel rail link would depend upon the type of tunnelling methods chosen by they contractor after taking into account the ground conditions.