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Railways: Procurement

Volume 694: debated on Tuesday 24 July 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether their procurement of railway services or equipment complies with the Official Journal of the European Union requirements in circumstances where the lead time between the order and delivery is so short that only one bidder is capable of fulfilling such an order. [HL4970]

For each of the franchises that the Department for Transport has let, it has received more than one bid that has demonstrated the capability to fulfil its commitments within its proposed timescales.

It is the franchisee's responsibility to deliver such commitments and to observe any relevant procurement process requirements.

Many consortia have expressed a keen interest in the department's Intercity Express Programme rolling-stock procurement programme. There is no evidence that either the production or project timetable is considered inappropriate.

All franchise replacements and equipment procured directly by the department have been undertaken in accordance with OJEU timescales.