§ Mr. Kaufman
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to improve the level of management competence at London Underground Ltd.
§ Mr. Portillo
My right hon. Friend's direct responsibilities in this area are limited to the appointment of members of the board of London Regional Transport. Mr. Wilfred Newton and his senior management team enjoy the full support of the Government in the initiatives they are taking to tackle the many serious problems confronting London Underground Ltd. We also welcome the new emphasis being given by London Underground Ltd. to management training and career development.