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Redwood challenges Tube costs

CONSERVATIVE transport spokesman John Redwood is quizzing Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott on the cost of professional advisers on the public-private partnership for the modernisation of London Underground.

Redwood believes the answer will show the government has spent 'a fortune' and has asked for a breakdown of how much has been spent on professional advice for the proposed PPP.

Mr Redwood said: 'I want to find out how much construction experts, lawyers, accountants and others have cost. I suspect it will be a fortune. The government is in a terrible muddle over this and keeps changing its mind.

'Whenever a government cannot make its mind up, advisors have to do more work and costs soar.'

Mr Redwood added: 'This is already two years late and it is being further delayed. The government is getting itself into a deeper and deeper mess.'

Mr Redwood is also asking Mr Prescott about the closure of the Circle Line on the London Underground, what advance warning he had of it and what steps the government is taking to minimise disruption for passengers.