To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many members there were of the tender evaluation team in respect of the inter-city west coast franchise; and what the grade was of each team member.
The tenders for the InterCity West Coast franchise competition were evaluated by 10 directly employed DfT officials. Their grades were as follows:
five pay band 6; four pay band 7; and one senior civil servant pay band 1.
The DfT also used three contracted reviewers to evaluate the tenders.
In addition there were 14 employees of Atkins who undertook evaluation of the West Coast bids.