P&O Ferries: Contracts

Department for Transport written question – answered on 15th July 2022.

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Photo of Grahame Morris Grahame Morris Labour, Easington

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what advice his Department has provided to other Government departments regarding publicly funded contracts with P&O Ferries since 17 March 2022.

Photo of Robert Courts Robert Courts Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The way 800 loyal and experienced workers were treated by P&O Ferries was shameful and utterly unacceptable. We continue to hold them to account.

The Department for Transport has previously conducted a thorough review of ongoing government contracts with P&O Ferries, and one ongoing contract between the Home Office and P&O Ferries was terminated at our request. We cannot rule out the possibility of Departments procuring P&O Ferries’ services through, for instance, internal commercial booking agents for official business on an ad-hoc basis.

If any publicly funded ongoing contract were to emerge which has not been identified through this process, then we would take appropriate action.

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