§ Mr. Lazarowicz
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what assessment she has made of the effects on Scotland of the SNCF restriction of channel tunnel rail freight services. 
§ Mrs. Liddell
I refer my hon. Friend to the written answers given by the Under-Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, my hon. Friend the Member for Plymouth, Devonport (Mr. Jamieson), on 18 December 2001,Official Report, column 225W.
This is a matter of considerable concern to the Government. It is having a severe impact on cross-channel rail freight operators and their customers in Scotland and in other parts of the UK.
The Government are working at all levels with the French authorities to try and resolve this matter as quickly as possible.