Carillion: Insolvency

Department for Transport written question – answered on 23rd April 2018.

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Photo of Jon Trickett Jon Trickett Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office), Shadow Lord President of the Council

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what changes to supplier checks have been made by Highways England as a result of the collapse of Carillion in January 2018.

Photo of Jesse Norman Jesse Norman Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

Following Carillion’s collapse, Highways England re-examined the adequacy of the current tests it carries out in relation to suppliers’ financial viability. Although it concluded that the indicators and processes it is using remain robust, Highways England has increased the resource levels in the team responsible for these finance checks, allowing more suppliers to be considered in depth.

Highways England continues to work with the Department for Transport and other stakeholders to review the process for testing the financial standing of suppliers, and has made clear it will seek to implement lessons and best practice identified as appropriate in the coming months.

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