Ferries: Contracts

Department for Transport written question – answered on 4th November 2019.

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Photo of Baroness Altmann Baroness Altmann Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government how much they have spent on ferry contracts that were entered into in anticipation of a possible no-deal Brexit in the past 12 months.

Photo of Baroness Vere of Norbiton Baroness Vere of Norbiton Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

As part of preparations for a potential No Deal Brexit in March, the Government procured additional freight capacity to support the continued flow of Category 1 goods. When Article 50 was extended, £51.4m was paid to terminate contracts.

The Government ran a new procurement exercise to secure freight capacity as part of preparations for Brexit on 31 October, entering into contracts for the 6 months from this date. With the extension to Article 50, we have changed our requirements with operators to make sure that capacity remains available from 31 January if required. This scaling down of capacity will cost approximately £8m.

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