EU Exit Preparations: Ferry Contracts

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:12 pm on 5th March 2019.

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Photo of Andy McDonald Andy McDonald Shadow Secretary of State for Transport 1:12 pm, 5th March 2019

Was the hon. Gentleman as surprised as I was to hear that no costs had been incurred in this? He has highlighted the £800,000 that was paid out to consultants, but there was also the cost of dredging the port. We were told by the permanent secretary that that was paid for by Seaborne, yet the contract was cancelled. Is the hon. Gentleman as surprised as I am that Seaborne bore the cost of that itself—or was it borne by someone else?