HL Deb 27 June 1996 vol 573 c67WA
Lord Hooson

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What are the European rail freight terminals within the UK; what contribution has been paid to each from public funds, either directly or indirectly; where the European rail freight terminal for Wales is to be established; and what contribution from public funds is to be made for that.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Transport (Viscount Goschen)

British Rail has invested in terminals in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Wakefield and Glasgow. The private sector has developed a terminal at Doncaster. Some of these have benefited from European Regional Development Fund and Industrial Development Act grant. In all, over £40 million has been invested in these sites, though none has received freight facilities grant in respect of Channel Tunnel services.

It is for the private sector to consider the scope for further investment in terminal facilities. As far as locations in Wales are concerned, I understand that the Welsh Development Agency is in discussion with the promoters of a proposed terminal at Wentloog near Cardiff.