Select Committee on Transport, Local Government and the Regions Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence

Supplementary memorandum by Health & Safety Executive (LU 07A)


  Thank you for the letter of 10 December, detailing the further information the Sub-Committee would like HSE to provide for its inquiry into London Underground. I am pleased to enclose an outline timetable in response to your points 1 and 2 (a), (b) and (c), with an indication of what we consider to be the key and other risks to this timetable. We have sent you, under separate cover, copies of HSE's assessment and acceptance reports for Version 3.0 (your request at point 3). We have put these documents into the public domain.

  We would stress that under the safety case regime, both the planned coming into force date for Version 3.0 of London Underground (LUL)'s safety case and the timing of the submission of Version 3.1 to HSE are entirely matters for LUL. The same is true for the planned dates for acceptance of Version 3.1 and PPP completion. HSE cannot guarantee it will be able to complete its work to this timescale. Much will depend on the significance of any issues which arise during assessment. We would also reiterate that transfer of the infrastructure companies to the private sector cannot take place without HSE's acceptance of Version 3.1.

  During the period to March 2002, HSE plans to build on the extensive work already undertaken for Version 3.0, by:

    —  inspecting conditions on the ground in key areas—including maintenance, contractor management, standards, assurance, change management and competence management—to see whether LUL's commitments and systems in Version 3.0 are actually in place and operating at a satisfactory level;

    —  continuing to look at preparedness of the preferred bidders for the Infracos;

    —  completing scrutiny of Infraco safety cases and PPP contracts for consistency with the LUL safety case, bringing in external legal advice.

  I hope that this information is helpful to the Committee as it considers recommendations from its inquiry.

Kate Timms

Deputy Director-General Policy

Health and Safety Executive

18 December 2001

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