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Channel Tunnel

Volume 109: debated on Saturday 2 May 1987

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer in what circumstances there will be mutual inspection of passenger luggage by United Kingdom Customs and Excise officials at Frethun and by French customs officials at Ashford.

[pursuant to his reply, 2 February 1987, c. 539]: None. The treaty provides for the juxtaposition of frontier controls in respect of shuttle train services. Inward and outward inspection checks on luggage by United Kingdom and French customs officials will be undertaken on a consecutive basis at the Frethum and Cheriton terminals. It is proposed that there will be clearance arrangements at Ashford by United Kingdom customs for passengers joining or leaving through rail services at British Rail's proposed international station.

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether French Customs and Excise officials will examine passenger luggage on trains using the Channel fixed link on the train; and if he will make a statement.

[pursuant to his reply, 2 February 1987, c. 539]: I refer the hon. Member to my reply to his questions on 23 January, Official Report column 783–84.

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many meetings have taken place between the French and United Kingdom authorities responsible for Customs and Excise examination on future Channel tunnel traffic.

[pursuant to his reply, 2 February 1987, c. 539]: Customs officials take part in all meetings of the frontier control working groups, which have been held at approximately monthly intervals since last June.