asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether the European Union-funded programme for clearing obstructions in the River Danube has yet let its main contracts; and, if not, when it is expected to do so. [HL360]
A Project Director was appointed by the Danube Commission on 16 October 2000. He is currently finalising the terms of reference for the architect. Awarding of contracts will occur during the first quarter of 2001. A tender for a bathymetric survey will be published this month. It is expected that work will begin during March.