HC Deb 09 July 2002 vol 388 cc811-2W
Mr. Austin Mitchell

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what success fees are to be paid to the sponsors and advisers of Tube Lines on the signing of the PPP contract; what services have been provided in return for these fees; and what effect these fees will have on the equity return of Tube Lines; [65488]

(2) how much is to be paid to sponsors and advisors in development costs on the closing date of the London Underground PPP contract; how much is to be paid to lenders and loan insurers on that date and what arrangements have been made for payments to Bakerloo Central Victoria (sub-surface lines) on the same date; and why these payments are being made before the commitment for improving underground performance is met. [65754]

Mr. Jamieson

I refer my hon. Friend to the answer given to the Member for Carshalton and Wallington (Tom Brake) on 4 July 2002,Official Report, columns 459–60W. Any success fees contained in the bids will only be recovered by bidders, as part of the ongoing, performance-related Infrastructure Service Charge, after they have first been verified by London Underground.

Mrs. May

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the scheduled journey time for each month, and for the period from 1 April to the end of each month, for each of the last three years, for the London Underground. [66797]

Mr. Jamieson

[holding answer 4 July 2002]: Detailed in-year operational information of this nature is a matter for London Underground (LU).

The scheduled journey times (using LU's weighted measure) for each of the last three full financial years were:

  • 1999–2000–35.58 minutes
  • 2000–01–35.38 minutes
  • 2001–02–35.33 minutes.

I understand from LU that the figures for scheduled journey times may fluctuate during the course of the year as a consequence of closures for engineering works and revisions to timetables.

Mrs. May

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what percentage of the London Underground network has a crowding ratio of actual passenger volumes to planned train capacity greater than 1 with regard to morning peak two way flows. [67720]

Mr. Jamieson

[holding answer 8 July 2002]: I refer to the answer which my right hon. Friend the Minister for Transport (Mr. Spellar) gave to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Mr. Pickles) on 5 December 2001 Official Report, column 378W.

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