HC Deb 17 June 2002 vol 387 c67W
Tom Brake

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 2 May 2002,Official Report, column, 900W, on London Underground, if he will list the appropriate regulatory clearances required by (a) his Department, (b) London Transport, (c) Transport for London and (d) the INFRACOs, in each case listing the date on which application (i) has and (ii) will be made; and if he will make a statement. [55843]

Mr. Jamieson

I have been asked to reply.

(a) The Government submitted to the European Commission on 12 April a notification in accordance with Article 88(3) EC Treaty and Article 2 of Council Regulation (EC) No. 659/1999.

(b) I understand that:

  1. (i) London Underground has undertaken interim reviews and intends to undertake a full review of the final transaction documents with regard to Article 81 EC Treaty when they are in their final form;
  2. (ii) Satisfactory clearance under Council Regulation (EC) No. 4064/89 as amended by Council Regulation (EC) No. 1310/97 will need to have been obtained by one of the consortia before the relevant contracts can be implemented. London Underground will wish to know that the other consortium has obtained satisfactory clearance under the mergers provisions of the Fair Trading Act 1973;
  3. (iii) London Underground submitted a revised railway safety case (Version 3.1) to the Health and Safety Executive on 19 December 2001;
  4. (iv) London Transport requires no additional clearances.

(c) This is a matter for Transport for London.

(d) The Infracos are subsidiaries of London Underground.