Skip to main content

Channel Tunnel

Volume 116: debated on Wednesday 13 May 1987

The text on this page has been created from Hansard archive content, it may contain typographical errors.

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what consideration is being given to ensure that sufficient facilities exist for customs clearance in Glasgow in relation to the Channel tunnel.

By using the normal transit procedures available for imports or exports, Channel tunnel freight traffic will be able to obtain Customs clearance at any approved inland clearance depot. Such depots are provided by commercial operators subject to approval by Customs who take into consideration the expected volume of business, the availability of other clearance facilities in the vicinity and the effective and economical use of Customs staff. There is an approved inland clearance depot in the Glasgow area.

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will bring up to date the information on mortgages and the price of dwellings referred to in the reply of 26 July 1985, Official Report, column 873; and if he will add a forecast for 1987.

[pursuant to his reply, 5 May 1987, c. 327]: Information for 1983 to 1986 is in the table. A forecast for 1987 is not available.On the assumption that mortgage interest rates remain at 11·25 per cent. for the rest of 1987–88, the cost of mortgage interest relief in 1987–88 is forecast to be £4,750 million, equivalent to about £570 per mortgagor