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Public Transport: France

Volume 498: debated on Monday 2 November 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what representations his Department has received from UK transport operators on access to the public transport system in France for overseas transport operators. (297235)

UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) receives regular representations from UK transport operators and is in regular contact with such companies regarding opportunities in the French transport sector. UKTI has an international business specialist for rail, seconded from industry, to work on such issues.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will make representations to the French Government on access for overseas operators to bid for contracts in the public transport system in France; and if he will make a statement. (297236)

Both the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Department for Transport work with EU partners to maintain and develop an open and fair Single European Market. The Government are working with French authorities on issues of market access and UK Trade and Investment will continue to work with UK companies looking for opportunities in France.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent assistance his Department has given to companies in the UK transport sector seeking to win contracts in France. (297239)

UK Trade and Investment works constantly with UK companies in the transport sector seeking to win contracts in France and has held many events to introduce UK suppliers to the French transport sector.