§ Mr. Kaufman
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will call for a report from London Underground as to why lifts are not operating, walls are unfinished and netted off, and considerable areas have been left unsightly, untidy and strewn with garbage at Westminster underground station. 
§ Mr. Hill
[holding answer 17 March 2000]: I understand from the London Underground that three of the five lifts at Westminster station are in service. The work required, and safe methods for carrying it out, on the remaining two are under discussion with contractors and HM Railways Inspectorate. The walls of the station are finished to the approved architectural design. The netting is to catch any foreign objects, which might be thrown by passengers. The Bridge Street underpass is currently cordoned off by contractors to allow for the permanent lighting to be installed; this may look untidy until the work is completed.