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Railways: Freight

Transport written question – answered on 8th November 2011.

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Photo of Julian Huppert Julian Huppert Liberal Democrat, Cambridge

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what her estimate was at the time of the comprehensive spending review of the amount of money paid by train operating companies to the Government in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12 and (c) 2012-13; and what her latest estimate is.

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

holding answer 7 November 2011

Forecast expenditure and income from rail franchise contracts formed part of the overall comprehensive spending review settlement for the Department that was published in 2010.

The settlement included an allowance for franchises that had already been contracted along with forecasts for contracts that have yet to be signed.

The Department's forecasts in respect of future contracts along with our estimate of some of the variables within existing contracts (such as revenue share and support figures) are commercially sensitive. As such they cannot be published.

However, contracted subsidy and premium payments in respect of all train operating companies are published on the Department's website as and when contracts are signed. The contractual terms that are published include figures for the base contract payments or premiums along with details of the revenue share and support arrangements that would vary those base payments.

Actual spending on rail is published in the Department's annual report and accounts. A breakdown of subsidy and premiums paid or received in any given year in respect of each franchised train operator is also published annually by the Office of Rail Regulation in National Rail Trends which is available on their website.

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