§ Mr. Ottaway
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will make a statement on Virgin Rail's proposals to run Eurostar trains on a regional basis. 
§ Ms Glenda Jackson
My right hon. Friend the Deputy Prime Minister announced on 3 June 1998,Official Report, columns 367–70, that the consortium chosen by LCR to operate Eurostar had been asked to review urgently the feasibility of regional Eurostar services, and to report to the Government before the end of the year. He has asked that proposals from the Virgin Group should be considered as part of that review.