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Mayor says public has a right to know truth on PPP


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Mayor of London

Mayor says public has a right to know truth on PPP
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date
18 July 2001
source Mayor of London
type Press release

note (Dated 17 July 2001, this report was published by permission of the court on 24 August.)


News from the Mayor of London

Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, today responded to the news that London Underground lawyers have won a High Court injunction to stop the disclosure of a report on the government's Public Private Partnership (PPP) plans for the Tube.

Mr Livingstone said: 'Yesterday the government decided to seek to remove Bob Kiley as Chair of London Transport in order to prevent him presenting to the LT Board reports by Parsons Brinckerhof and Deloitte & Touche on the safety and value for money of the government's PPP.

'Today the government has gone further. London Underground lawyers contacted Transport for London this morning to threaten a High Court injunction if, within 30 minutes, TfL did not provide undertakings that the two reports would not be disclosed.

'TfL replied that they cannot be constrained as to how they deal with the reports in the future because they contain information of vital public interest.

'LUL then obtained an emergency High Court injunction restraining Bob Kiley and myself from disclosing the Deloitte & Touche report. Mr Kiley has always made clear that he has no intention of disclosing commercially sensitive information, but the conclusion of the report on the value for money of the PPP contains no such information, and we are convinced that it is in the public interest that it be disclosed.

'Our lawyers will be arguing this case regarding which parts of the report can and should be put before the public in the High Court alongside the Judicial Review to be heard next week.

'The government clearly believes that its PPP cannot withstand serious public scrutiny. Every expert who has examined the scheme agrees. 'The tragedy is that however successful the government may be in blocking public access to vital information at this stage, they will not be able to suppress the consequences of a flawed system for the safety and efficiency of the Underground if their PPP is ever put into effect.'

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