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Unauthorised Encampments:Research Project

Lord Avebury asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (Baroness Hayman): We are placing in the Library of the House a copy of the department's outline specification for the research project on unauthorised camping.

30 Jun 1998 : Column WA78

On the question of consultation, I refer the noble Lord to the reply I gave on 25 June (Vol. 591, col. 46-47 of Hansard).

Channel Tunnel Link: Listed Buildings at St. Pancras

Lord Kennet asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What implications the new plans for the Channel Tunnel link will have for the many listed buildings at St. Pancras, including gasholders.[HL2400]

Baroness Hayman: The new funding plans do not affect the proposed works or design of the link. However works in the St. Pancras area, including alterations and demolition of listed buildings, will now take place later than originally planned. The programme for obtaining consents is not affected.

Railtrack: Thameslink 2000 Project

Lord Grenfell asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What progress has been made on Railtrack's application for an order under the Transport and Works Act 1992 in respect of the Thameslink 2000 Project.[HL2497]

Baroness Hayman: We announced on Wednesday 3 June 1998 (H.L. Deb., cols 356-69) that agreement had been reached on a statement of principles that will ensure the completion of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link. The new Thameslink 2000 station is an integral part of work on the CTRL at St. Pancras, and in order to take full account of the continuing detailed contractual and financial arrangements the Secretary of State has decided to defer until 29 January 1999 the date by which he must give notice of an intention to hold a public inquiry into the proposed Railtrack (Thameslink 2000) Order. We hope that it will be possible to take a decision before that date and it will not be delayed unnecessarily. London and Continental Railways and Railtrack remain contracted to complete the Thameslink 2000 Project, subject to obtaining the necessary consents.

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