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Departmental Private Finance Initiative

Volume 494: debated on Wednesday 17 June 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many private finance initiative projects have been agreed by his Department in each of the last five years. (280387)

The following table summarises the local authority private finance initiative projects agreed by the Department for Transport in the last five years:

Calendar year

Number of local authority projects receiving conditional approval

2009 (to date)

1 (Sheffield highway maintenance)

2008

2 (Street lighting)

2007

8 (Street lighting)

2006

1 (Thames Gateway, cancelled by Mayor of London)

2005

1 (Street lighting)

2004

7 (Street lighting)

Prior to receiving a full outline business case and granting conditional approval, the Department may grant provisional approval for a local authority project. There are currently four local authority PFI projects with provisional approvals:

Mersey Crossing;

Nottingham Express Tram extension;

Hounslow highway maintenance; and

Isle of Wight highway maintenance.

In addition, Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) notices were issued for the following non-local authority projects, initiating procurement:

Calendar year

Number of non-local authority projects issuing OJEU notices

2009 (to date)

0

2008

0

2007

0

2006

1 (Joint MCA/MOD search and rescue helicopters)

2005

1 (Highways Agency M25 DBFO)

2004

0

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many private finance initiative projects are being negotiated by each directorate in his Department. (280388)

The search and rescue helicopters private finance initiative (PFI) is being negotiated by a joint Ministry of Defence and Maritime and Coastguard Agency project team.

While the Department for Transport currently sponsors a number of local authority PFI projects, these are negotiated directly by the local authority project teams.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what plans he has for the future use of the private finance initiative in the (a) procurement, (b) construction and (c) operation of transport projects. (280389)

The Department for Transport updates details of the signed (i.e. in construction and operational phases) private finance initiatives (PFI) projects it sponsors on the HM Treasury website at six monthly intervals:

http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/ppp-pfi_stats.htm

The HM Treasury list was last updated in April 2009, since then the Highways Agency has also awarded the M25 widening DBFO.

The Department is sponsoring a further 13 local authority projects that are in procurement and four in pre-procurement. In addition to this the Department's Maritime and Coastguard Agency is jointly procuring a search and rescue helicopter PFI with the Ministry of Defence.

The Department has a further £1.69 billion in unallocated PFI credits that are available for use on local authority PFI projects.