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Ms Atherton: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will consider recommendations for oil pollution to be subject to MARPOL standards and legislation. 
Mr. Hill: The relevant provisions of the MARPOL Convention and its Annexes, notably "Annex I: Prevention of pollution by oil", have been incorporated in UK law through regulations under Merchant Shipping legislation and are in force.
Mr. Hill: My Department does not make provision to meet the costs of oil pollution in ports. Compensation for oil pollution damage resulting from spills of persistent oil carried in bulk as cargo by tankers is available from the International Oil Pollution Compensation Fund, under the framework of the 1992 Protocols to the International Convention on Civil Liability for Oil Pollution Damage 1969 and the International Convention on the Establishment of an International Fund for Compensation for Oil Pollution Damage 1971. UK legislation applies strict liability for all oil pollution from shipping, and this therefore obliges non-tanker owners to meet the costs up to the limits according to the ships' tonnage under the Convention on Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims 1976.
Mr. Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will list the dates on which parts of the (a) Bakerloo, (b) Central, (c) Circle, (d) District, (e) East London, (f) Hammersmith and City, (g) Jubilee, (h) Metropolitan, (i) Northern, (j) Piccadilly and (k) Victoria London Underground lines were closed to passengers during 2000; and if he will set out in relation to each closure the stretch of line closed and the purpose of the closure. 
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|Line/Purpose of closure||Location||Dates during 2000|
|Railtrack Works||Queens Park to Harrow and Wealdstone||8-10 January, 15-17 January, 22-24 January, 29-31 January|
|Railtrack Works||Queens Park to Willesden Junction||5-7 February, 12-14 February, 19-21 February, 26-27 February, 4-6 March, 11-13 March, 18-20 March, 1-2 April|
|Railtrack Works||Queens Park to Stonebridge||27-28 March, 3-4 June, 10-11 June|
|Railtrack Works||Queens Park to Wembley Central||16-19 June, 23-26 June, 30 June-3 July, 7-10 July|
|Railtrack Works||Stonebridge Park to Harrow and Wealdstone||22-23 July, 29-30 July, 5-6 August, 12-13 August, 19-20 August, 26-27 August, 2-3 September, 9-10 September, 16-17 September|
|Hungerford Bridge||Piccadilly Circus to Elephant and Castle||21-23 October, 4-6 November|
|Millennium Project||17-20 November, 24-27 November|
|Track Works||Paddington to Elephant and Castle||21-23 October, 4-6 November|
|Railtrack Works||Harrow and Wealdstone to Watford Junction||8-9 April, 29-30 April, 6-7 May, 20-21 May|
|Track Works||Epping to Loughton||14-17 January, 21-24 January, 28-31 January, 25-28 February, 3-6 March, 10-13 March, 17-20 March|
|Track Works||Holborn to Liverpool Street||4-7 February|
|Track Works||Woodford to Epping||19-22 May, 26-30 May|
|Track Works||Leytonstone to Hainault||16-19 June, 23-26 June|
|Track Works||North Acton to Northolt/Ealing||7-10 July|
|Track Works||Bethnal Green to Leytonstone||14-17 July, 8-11 September|
|Track Works||Hainault to Woodford||3-6 November|
|Track Works||Putney Bridge to Wimbledon||18-21 February, 31 March-3 April, 7-10 April, 5-8 May, 2-5 June|
|Track Works||Turnham Green to Richmond||26-27 March; 22-25 September|
|Track Works||Parsons Green to Wimbledon||31 March-3 April, 7-10 April|
|Track Works||Parsons Green to Putney Bridge||2-5 June|
|Track Works||Plaistow to Whitechapel||17-20 November|
|No Planned Works|
|Hammersmith and City|
|No Planned Works|
|No Planned Works|
|Metropolitan and City|
|Track Works||Raynors Land to Uxbridge||4-7 February, 11-14 February, 24-27 March|
|Track Works||Harrow-on-the-Hill to Wembley Park||18-21 February, 28-31 July|
|Track Works||Harrow-on-the-Hill to Northwood||5-8 May, 1-4 September|
|Track Works||Rickmansworth to Amersham/Chesham||8-11 September, 15-18 September, 22-25 September, 29 September-2 October|
|Track Works||Moor Park to Amersham/Chesham||13-16 October|
|Track Works||Chorleywood to Rickmansworth||27-30 October, 10-13 November, 24-27 November, 1-4 December|
|Track Works||Tooting Broadway to Morden||9-12 June, 21-24 July|
|Track Works||Camden Town||27 August|
|Track Works||Camden Town to Kennington (via Bank)||11-17 November, 20-24 November, 27 November-24 December (after 9.45 pm)|
|Track Works||Heathrow Terminal 4||4-6 March|
|Track Works||Acton Town to Alperton||12-15 May|
|Track Works||Victoria to Brixton||4-26 August|
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Mr. Hill: The accounts of London Underground Ltd. are prepared in accordance with the Companies Act 1985, which requires compliance with all accounting standards. Financial Reporting Standard (FRS) 15, issued by the Accounting Standards Board, became mandatory for accounting periods ending on or after 23 March 2000 and has consequently been adopted by London Underground in its accounts for the year ended 31 March 2000.
FRS15 sets out the principles of accounting for tangible fixed assets. As well as imposing stricter rules on the allocation of overheads to capital projects, the standard requires that expenditure previously treated as renewals must now either be charged to cost of operations, or capitalised as an addition to fixed assets.
The revised accounting policies have reduced London Underground Ltd.'s gross operating margin for 1999-2000 to £153.6 million (from £293.6 million 1 ), and increased its operating loss before grants to £145.2 million (from £101.2 million 1 ). These are, however, purely accounting changes. Neither affects the amount of cash available, or Government grant paid, to London Underground Ltd.
In 2000-01, the changes in allocation of cost will reduce London Underground Ltd.'s gross operating margin and the value of its investment programme from the budgeted values published in the LT Annual Business Plan to £135.6 million (from £260 million) and £360.6 million (from £400 million) respectively. However, as these are again purely accounting changes, neither the External Finance Limit for the year, nor physical delivery of the investment programme, will be affected.
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between London Waterloo and Exeter via Salisbury; what speed restrictions were imposed; and what the age of the track was. 
Mr. Hill: This is an operational matter for Railtrack. I understand from Railtrack that, since Hatfield, 17 speed restrictions were imposed on the lines between London Waterloo and Exeter. Three of these restrictions remain in place but are expected to be withdrawn by 28 February. Of the 17 restrictions, six were on the slow lines over which trains from Waterloo to Exeter do not normally run. The remaining restrictions are north of Basingstoke. The age of the rail affected varied.
Mr. Hill: This is an operational matter for Railtrack. I understand from Railtrack that the rails along the route between London Waterloo and Exeter are tested at various frequencies depending on the speed and number of trains. Teams work continuously testing all routes, so the date that the rail was last tested could only be given for a specific location.
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