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Seaborne Freight

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:41 pm on 8th January 2019.

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Photo of Hilary Benn Hilary Benn Chair, Committee on Exiting the European Union 1:41 pm, 8th January 2019

The Secretary of State takes a rather unusual approach to contract letting, because as soon as he is questioned about the ability of the firm with which he has contracted to deliver on what it has promised, he tells the House, “If they don’t do it, we won’t pay.” He said a moment ago that he is confident that the company will be able to run the service, so will he answer a very simple question? Has Seaborne Freight told the Department which vessel it has acquired in order to provide the service, which could be needed in just over two months’ time?