HC Deb 28 February 2001 vol 363 c685W
Mr. Sheerman

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what plans he has to seek compensation from the contractors responsible for construction work on the Jubilee Line extension. [151301]

Mr. Hill

This is a matter for London Underground Limited (LUL), who let the contracts for Jubilee Line Extension construction. I understand that the majority of Jubilee Line Extension contracts included liquidated damages clauses. There is a rigorous final accounting process during which these clauses are reviewed against the performance of individual contractors to determine whether or not damages apply. LUL manages this process, supported where necessary by high quality legal and technical advisers. If a contractor is deemed to be liable for any part of the total time and cost overrun this is taken into account in final settlement of the relevant contract. For reasons of commercial confidentiality it would not be appropriate to comment on any individual case.