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P&O Ferries: Contracts

Question for Department for Transport

UIN 32519, tabled on 7 July 2022

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.

Answered on

12 July 2022

This answer is a correction from the original answer.

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.

Original answer

The way 800 loyal and experienced workers were treated by P&O Ferries was shameful and utterly unacceptable. There is no excuse for their actions – and we continue to hold them to account.

The Department for Transport has conducted a thorough review of government contracts with P&O Ferries, finding that they are not providing any direct services to UK Government. One contract between the Home Office and P&O Ferries was terminated.

Whilst the review has concluded, if a contract were to emerge elsewhere which has not been identified through this process, then we would take appropriate action.

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