Mar 6, 2019

Government will audit how Eurotunnel spends £33m settlement

The government will audit Eurotunnel's accounts to ensure that its £33m settlement with the firm benefits "The wider economy". Ms Kelly, who is the Permanent Secretary at the Department for Transport, did not rule out the possibility that Eurotunnel had been planning to proceed with upgrades to its facilities before receiving public funds to do so. Last week, the DfT settled a lawsuit with Eurotunnel over its procurement of extra ferry services in the event of a no-deal Brexit. In December, the DfT contracted three suppliers to provide additional freight capacity on ferries for lorries, which Eurotunnel claimed were handed out in a "Secretive" way. Bernadette Kelly said Seaborne was "Known well in the industry" before the DfT handed them a contract.

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