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Channel Link

Volume 87: debated on Thursday 21 November 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Transport what are the criteria of assessment of the standards required in preventing the spread of rabies in the consideration of proposals for a fixed Channel link.

The requirement that promoters of a Channel fixed link must satisfy in respect of preventing the spread of rabies are laid down in paragraph 44 of the "Invitation to Promoters", issued by the British and French Governments on 2 April, a copy of which was placed in the Library.

asked the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment he has made of the infrastructure investment which will be required to be made from public funds in respect of the Channel link proposals; and if he will make a statement on the likely cost.

I refer my hon. Friend to the reply I gave to my hon. Friend the member for Christchurch (Mr. Adley) on 11 November, at column 83.

asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the procedures through which members of the public and interested bodies should make known their views on the various proposals for fixed links across the Channel.

My right hon. Friend has advertised widely inviting public comment on the four schemes that we are considering. Any views received will be taken into account before a decision is reached. Additionally, members of the public can write to their MPs, who in due course will be asked to consider a Bill embodying any decision the French and British Governments may make.