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Channel Tunnel

Volume 450: debated on Wednesday 11 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what representations he has received from the Scottish Executive concerning steps to secure continued access to the channel tunnel for Scottish exporters and importers; (89371)

(2) what representations he has received from the Scottish Executive in respect of a new charging regime for freight trains using the channel tunnel from 1 December.

The Department has discussed these issues with officials from the Scottish Executive. We have a joint desire to see freight companies continuing to access the channel tunnel at a commercially viable rate.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what information he has received from EWS regarding the role of the channel tunnel in transporting freight to and from Scotland. (89373)

We have received a number of representations from EWS about the future of channel tunnel freight. None has been specifically concerned with freight travelling to or from Scotland.