§ Mr. Gibb
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions when he expects the commercial confidentiality restraints on the publication of the risk assessment in respect of the Government guarantee of the £3.8 billion loan to the Channel Tunnel Rail Link consortium no longer to apply. 
§ Ms Glenda Jackson
As my right hon. Friend the then Chief Secretary explained in his answer of 29 June 1998,Official Report, column 28, the Government's participation in the Channel Tunnel Rail Link was assessed using a model of London and Continental Railway's future finances. The risk assessment was likewise based on that model, which will remain confidential until such time as disclosure would not affect the commercial interests of the company.