Freight

Department for Transport written question – answered on 2nd October 2019.

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Photo of Tom Brake Tom Brake Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Exiting the European Union), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Duchy of Lancaster)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reason was the Government's procurement of additional freight capacity delayed.

Photo of Tom Brake Tom Brake Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Exiting the European Union), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Duchy of Lancaster)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of freight capacity for priority goods will be in place by 31 October 2019; and what assessment he has made of the effect on the supply of priority goods in the event that that capacity is not made available until 30 November 2019.

Photo of Chris Heaton-Harris Chris Heaton-Harris Minister of State (Department for Transport)

The Government has been preparing since Article 50 was extended in April, and issued a Prior Information Notice to the market on 28 June marking the start of formal procurement activities. The Freight Capacity framework was put in place on 20 September and the Government remains on course to provide capacity to carry ‘category 1’ goods by 31 October.

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