§ Mr. Stunell
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what representations he has received about the delay in introducing the Eurostar through service from Manchester to the Channel Tunnel; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Ms Glenda Jackson
My department has received a number of representations about regional Eurostar services in recent months. These services are the responsibility of London and Continental Railways Ltd. through their subsidiary Eurostar (UK) Ltd. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State made a statement on the Channel Tunnel Rail Link on 28 January 1998,Official Report, columns 661–74, in which he stressed the importance of protecting the excellent Eurostar service.