§ Mr. Norman
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 30 January 1998,Official Report, column 442, what compensation has been paid to the four consortiums which tendered for the Weald and Downland DBFO project. 
§ Ms Glenda Jackson
The claims from the Tenderers for the cancelled Weald and Downland DBFO project raised a number of detailed issues which will take some time finally to resolve. In the meantime, interim payments of £1.3 million (excluding VAT) have been made.