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West Coast Railway Line: Franchises

Transport written question – answered on 19th October 2012.

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Photo of Maria Eagle Maria Eagle Shadow Secretary of State for Transport

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the grade and role was of each official of his Department involved in (a) implementing the new franchising policy, (b) writing the franchise invitation to tender, (c) establishing the specifications for the tender, (d) anonymising each bid, (e) liaising with each bidder, (f) evaluating each bid, (g) risk assessing each bid and (h) drawing up recommendations to Ministers as to who to award the franchise to for the intercity West Coast franchise tender; and how many such officials were involved in each such area.

Photo of Simon Burns Simon Burns The Minister of State, Department for Transport

The implementation of franchising policy in the Department is led by the Rail Franchising Policy Division. As of 17 October, this team was comprised of 21 officials, broken down by grade as follows:

one senior civil servant at SCS payband 1;

11 officials at DFT payband 7; seven officials at DFT payband 6; and two at DFT payband 4.

These officials are supported at various stages by officials from Rail Commercial, Rail Analysis, Refranchising Programme Office, Procurement, Legal and other members of the senior civil service.

The remaining tasks listed in the question were delivered through the West Coast Project Team, which comprised of 12 officials, and is broken down by grade as follows:

eight at DFT payband 7; three at DFT payband 6; and one at DFT payband 5.

These officials were similarly supported at various stages by other officials from across the Department.

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