HC Deb 21 May 2002 vol 386 cc249-50W
Mr. Gale

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations her Department has made to the European Commission in connection with the free movement of freight through the channel tunnel; and if she will make a statement. [57600]

Alan Johnson

The Commission has invoked the Free Movement of Goods Regulation in this case. They have kept the Department fully informed about their actions. The Government remains in close contact with them and with the French Government about the action that is required to resolve the problems affecting rail freight traffic through the channel tunnel.