§ Mrs. Ellman
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what assessment he has made of the importance of Eurostar regional services to the economy of the North West; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Ms Glenda Jackson
The Government announced on 8 December 1998,Official Report, column 135, that they will be appointing consultants to examine the "Review of Regional Eurostar Services", produced by Inter Capital and Regional Rail Ltd. The Government intend their consultant to consider the economic and social benefits of regional Eurostar services.