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1996-09-30 DoT-001
Department of Transport


Government meets concerns of Channel Tunnel Rail Link Select Committee

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Department of Transport

Government meets concerns of Channel Tunnel Rail Link Select Committee

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30 September 1996
source Department of Transport
type Press release

note 308/96

The Government is accepting all of the House of Lords CTRL Bill Select Committee's decisions and recommendations, Lord Goschen,Transport Minister, announced today.

Lord Goschen has written to the Committee Chairman, Lord Ampthill, with a commentary explaining how the interim decisions issued by the Committee in July will be implemented.

Lord Goschen said:

"When the Committee announced their preliminary decisions in July, I said that they would be given serious and careful consideration. That has been the case, and I am pleased to announce in this commentary how we plan to deliver the Committee's decisions.

"I would like to take this opportunity to once again thank Lord Ampthill and the members of the Select Committee for their hard work and their patient and thorough consideration of the issues."

The Select Committee will reconvene on 3 October to hear a report on progress on negotiations between Union Railways and commercial and industrial petitioners.

[Copies of Lord Goschen's letter to Lord Ampthill, and the Government's commentary that went with it, are attached.] (Those receiving this release via COI Electronic News can obtain copies of the attachments by contacting the Press Office on 0171 271 5763.)


1. The Channel Tunnel Rail Link (CTRL ) will be a 67 mile (108 kilometre) high-speed railway between London and the Channel Tunnel for both international and domestic passenger services. The Government will provide a substantial financial contribution in recognition of the domestic transport and regeneration benefits and also the very large benefits to international passengers, but the CTRL will be taken forward by a private sector consortium chosen in February, London & Continental Railways.

2. The Channel Tunnel Rail Link Bill was introduced into the Commons in November 1994, and passed to the House of Lords on 29 April 1996. Some 293 petitions against the Bill were lodged by the deadline of 17 May and the Bill received its Second Reading on 21 May. The Lords Select Committee started proceedings on 3 June and announced their main decisions on 25 July.

3. The Select Committee have said that they intend to report the Bill to the House and publish a Special Report on or before 15 October. The Bill will then continue through its final stages in the Lords.

4. The Committee comprised seven members: Lord Ampthill (Chairman, Cross Bencher), Lord Inchyra (Cross Bencher), Lord Brougham and Vaux (Conservative), Lord Cadman (Conservative), Lord Shaw of Northstead Conservative), Lord Metheun (Liberal Democrat) and Lord Milner of Leeds (Labour).

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