To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the answer of 21 October 2011, Official Report, column 1195W, on Crossrail hire: rolling stock, whether the discussions referred to in the answer included consideration of the desirability of supporting the UK's train manufacturing industry.
Discussions on Crossrail rolling stock have included consideration that the publication of Invitation to Negotiate documentation for the Crossrail rolling stock and depot procurement be deferred, as a consequence of revisions to the project's approach to commissioning of the new trains. It is recognised by all parties that this deferral will also allow any relevant conclusions of the Government's review of public procurement to be taken into account in the tender process. As required by EU procurement rules, all bids will be judged on a fair and level playing field with all bidders treated equally.
The Government's review of public procurement—part of the Government's growth review—is examining whether the UK is making best use of the application of EU procurement rules. The review will also consider the degree to which the Government can set out requirements and evaluation criteria with a sharper focus on the UK's strategic interest and how the Government can support businesses and ensure that when they compete for work they are doing it on an equal footing with their overseas competitors.