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Railways: Contracts

Volume 481: debated on Tuesday 21 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which train operators have made late premia payments in the last 12 months. (227128)

[holding answer 14 October 2008]: In the last 12 months, the following train operators have made payments which were not received in the Department for Transport’s bank on the correct day:

National Express (Gatwick Express Franchise)—three instances of late receipt of payments (13 working days, one working day and 10 working days late). This franchise ended in June 2008.

Midland Mainline—one instance of late receipt (one working day late).

Arriva Trains Wales—one instance of late receipt (one working day late).

First Capital Connect—one instance of late receipt (four working days late).

For those payments where funds were received one working day late it is possible that this was due to deadlines at the Office of the Paymaster General that may have meant the funds were not shown in the Department’s account on the same day as receipt.

The late receipt of payment made by First Capital Connect was the result of an error on the bank sort code that meant that the initial payment made on the correct date was rejected. This payment was immediately resubmitted.