§ Mr. Chope
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 23 January 2001,Official Report, column 569W, whether the technical details have now been finalised; and if he will announce the date upon which the contract is to begin. 
§ Dawn Primarolo
The technical details have been finalised. The contract was signed on 6 March and is on schedule to commence as planned on 2 April 2001.