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Railways: Finance

Volume 498: debated on Monday 2 November 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how much has been (a) spent on and (b) not yet spent and contractually committed to the proposed Intercity Express Programme train. (296775)

With regards to the amounts spent on the proposed Intercity Express Programme train, known as the Super Express Train, I refer the hon. Member to the answer given on 18 March 2009, Official Report, columns 1150-1W, to the hon. Member for Chipping Barnet (Mrs. Villiers).

To date, there are no contractual commitments. The Department for Transport is currently in confidential commercial negotiations with the Preferred Bidder, Agility Trains.