§ Mr. McNulty
Cross London Rail Links Ltd (CLRL), a joint venture company currently owned by Transport for London and the Strategic Rail Authority, was set up to develop and promote the Crossrail project.
Total expenditure to date on consultation by CLRL is £3,466,500. £2,170,500 was spent on the first round of consultation (September 2003 to January 2004) that I asked CLRL to undertake to explain to the public in more detail their proposed scheme, and to canvass views on their route proposals. The remaining £1,296,000 is the cost to date of the second round of consultation, on CLRL's preferred route, which began in August 2004, following my right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State's Statement to the House on 20 July announcing the decision to introduce a hybrid Bill for Crossrail at the earliest opportunity. The costs include salary costs of CLRL staff.
§ Mr. Keith Bradley
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much money has been allocated in his departmental budget for the Crossrail project for(a) 2004–05, (b) 2005–06 and (c) 2006–07. 
§ Mr. McNulty
In May 2001, Cross London Rail Links (CLRL) was provided with ring-fenced funding of £154 million for the purposes of developing Crossrail. CLRL has spent £62.5 million to the end of financial year 2003–04, with a further £42.5 million budgeted for the current year. This would leave £49 million of the original £154 million available for developing the scheme after March 2005.