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Transport, Local Government and the Regions written question – answered on 17th July 2001.

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Photo of Austin Mitchell Austin Mitchell Labour, Great Grimsby

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many (a) PFI and (b) PPP contracts have been agreed by his Department over the last five years; how many have been satisfactorily completed; and in how many has compensation been (i) paid and (ii) claimed for performance failure.

Photo of Alan Whitehead Alan Whitehead Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Transport, Local Government and Regions)

The table provides details of DTLR's PFI and PPP contracts signed in the past five years. It states whether the service is operational, and whether service charge payments have been withheld. Should PFI and PPP contractors fail to provide the contracted service they will not receive the full unitary service charge payment for the relevant month.

PFI and PPP contracts signed since 1997
Year contract signed Name of contract Status of service Has part of service charge payment been withheld?
PFI
1997 Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre—Catering Operational No
2000 Highways AgencyA13 "Thames Gateway"(2) Under construction n/a
2000 Vehicle Inspectorate—MOT computerisation Under construction n/a
2001 Highways Agency—Traffic Control Centre Under construction n/a
PPP
1997 Manchester Metrolink—extension to Salford Quays and Eccles(3) Operational No
1999 Tower Hamlets Housing Action Trust Operational No
2001 National Air Traffic Control Services (NATS) PPP (4) n/a

(2) The A13 Thames Gateway contract has been transferred to Transport for London.

(3) The Manchester Metrolink contract was let by Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive and received substantial funding from DTLR.

(4) NATS have announced their preferred partner—Airlines Group (British Airways, British Midland, Virgin, Britannia, Monarch, Easy-Jet and Airtours) and is due to let the contract shortly.

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