§ 20. Mr. Simon Hughes
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what is the latest estimated date for the finalisation of the Government's plans for London Underground. 
§ Mr. Hill
London Underground has made good progress in developing the public private partnership: bids for the deep-tube lines are due back in March; expressions of interest for the sub-surface lines are due later this month; (and those for the property partnership are due in February). We have consistently made clear that we will not be bound by specific dates for the completion of the PPP.