§ Mr. Bellingham
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the total direct cost to UK businesses of the London congestion charge since its introduction. 
§ Mr. McNulty
We are following the scheme's progress with interest. However, it is the responsibility of the Mayor and Transport for London (TfL) to monitor the scheme's effects, including its impact on business and the economy. TfL's spring 2004 congestion charging annual report will report the full impacts of the scheme and we shall study this carefully.