§ 49. Mr. Canavan
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will make a statement about the future ownership of London Underground. 131W
§ Ms Glenda Jackson
We are looking very urgently at options for public/private partnership to increase investment in the core Underground network. This work is intended to fulfil our Manifesto commitment to develop "a new public/private partnership to improve the Underground, safeguard its commitment to the public interest and guarantee value for money to taxpayers and passengers". We have also made it clear that wholesale privatisation of London Underground is not the answer.