Network Rail: Procurement

Department for Transport written question – answered at on 26 March 2018.

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Photo of Andy McDonald Andy McDonald Shadow Secretary of State for Transport

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment. he has made of the merits of supply chain audits of Network Rail to ensure that procurement practices provide value for money.

Photo of Jo Johnson Jo Johnson Minister of State (Department for Education) (Universities and Science) (Joint with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), Minister of State (Department for Transport), Minister of State (London)

Network Rail has an established governance regime for their procurement practices. These are subject to independent scrutiny by the Department, the National Audit Office and the Rail Regulator.

Network Rail’s procurement process contains a number of initiatives to support a diverse and sustainable supply base, which includes SMEs. This includes requiring its Tier 1 organisations to obtain 3 independent quotations in the procurement of their key Tier 2 suppliers, thereby promoting competition and value for money.

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