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Thameslink: Contracts

Transport written question – answered on 20th July 2011.

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Photo of John Denham John Denham Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether his Department assessed the effect on Bombardier's ability to (a) complete existing orders and (b) bid for future new contracts of his decision on the award of the Thameslink contract.

Photo of Theresa Villiers Theresa Villiers The Minister of State, Department for Transport

Neither Bombardier's ability to complete existing orders nor their ability to bid for future contracts were in the evaluation criteria specified in the Invitation to Tender.

However, the pre-qualification assessment of all potential bidders included an assessment of the applicants' manufacturing capacity, identifying that which is committed to other orders; and details of how the applicant manages their order book to ensure that actual and potential orders can be scheduled into production plans.

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