§ Lord Shore of Stepney
asked Her Majesty's Government:
Whether a public inquiry is to be held into Railtrack's application for an order under the Transport and Works Act 1992 in respect of the Thameslink 2000 project. [HL1042]
§ Baroness Hayman
My right honourable friend the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions has decided to defer until 25 September the date by which he must reach a decision on whether to hold a public inquiry into Thameslink 2000 (the "operative 89WA date"). This does not mean that there will necessarily be a further delay of six months in taking forward this application: the decision could be taken at any time up to 25 September.