Metronet (Supplementary) [9]

Session date: 
December 6, 2006
Question By: 
Mike Tuffrey
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
Peter Hendy (Commissioner, Transport for London)

Question

The Chair is anxious because we have spent over 20 minutes/half an hour on this and I am not sure that we are any the wiser as to how we are going to get action on Metronet. Your strategy seems to be that you are left to beat up the parent companies. My question is, since you have said legally you cannot do anything, and financially you cannot do anything, so the parent companies' shareholders do not mind, the only two of the parent companies that have consumer brands that could have their bottom line damaged are EDF Energy and Thames Water. Yet those are two companies that the Mayor is in partnership with: Thames Water on water saving, giving them money for advertising, and EDF on climate change. If your strategy is to beat up the parent companies, could you have a word with the Mayor and get him to join you in that strategy and get tough with EDF Energy and Thames Water who at least are amenable to consumer brand damage?

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Answer for Metronet (Supplementary) [9]

Answer for Metronet (Supplementary) [9]

Answered By: 
Peter Hendy (Commissioner, Transport for London)

Thames Water, as you know, has got new owners. I think it is the new owners who need to take a view on their participation in this. One of the difficulties in dealing with the constituent parts is that for each of them this is a relatively small part of their business, so you need to keep it in the forefront of their minds.