HC Deb 05 February 1990 vol 166 c510W
Mr. Teddy Taylor

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had about the co-ordination of entry clearance for individuals and luggage with the transport arrangements for travellers on the proposed Channel tunnel.

Mr. Portillo

For travellers on Eurotunnel shuttle trains, the concession agreement specifies juxtaposed frontier controls. All the formalities of both countries will be carried out at the terminal of departure.

For BR/SNCF trains going beyond London, the Channel Tunnel Act specifies on-train controls provided that satisfactory arrangements are made to provide facilities for the control authorities.

Discussions between the frontier control authorities, Eurotunnel and British Rail about the detailed arrangements appropriate to the Channel tunnel in these two cases are continuing.

For international trains to London, discussions between BR and the control authorities are under way and an announcement is expected shortly.