Avanti Trains - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:47 pm on 27 February 2024.

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Photo of Lord Browne of Ladyton Lord Browne of Ladyton Labour 2:47, 27 February 2024

My Lords, why will the Government not just publish the contracts that we have with train operating companies? When I travel on Avanti back and forward, on every journey there is somebody in the carriage I am in who knows something about the contract, and I can tell you that the Government do not come out of any of those conversations well. Are all these contracts different for different train operating companies, so that they can compete with each other—because they do not seem to be? Why do the Government not just come clean and tell the people who are paying for all this nonsense what the contracts state that have been made on their behalf?