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1995-07-24 DoT-001
Department of Transport


PCA Select Committee report

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Department of Transport

PCA Select Committee report

24 July 1995
source Department of Transport
type Press release

note 234

The Secretary of State for Transport, Sir George Young, commenting on
the PCA Select Committee report on Channel Tunnel blight, said:

"The Government will respond fully to the Select Committee's report
once we have had the opportunity to consider it in detail and the
evidence published with it, some of which my Department had not
previously seen.

"The Government's view was that it was as a matter of Government
policy that payments were not made for generalised blight, and not
maladministration by civil servants.

"Union Railways has discretionary compensation arrangements in place,
once a specific route has been approved. Until a route is chosen, it
is impossible to define a blighted area.

"The Committee has suggested that it should be possible to
distinguish a small number of cases of exceptional hardship.

"However, neither the Committee nor the Commissioner could provide
guidance on how this could be done. The Department's view is that it
was impractical to isolate fairly a small number of cases. We will
of course look at the matter again in the light of the PCA Select
Committee report."

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