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Permanent Secretary statement concerning West Coast Main Line

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West Coast Main Line statement.

Department for Transport (DfT) Permanent Secretary Philip Rutnam yesterday received the report of the investigation into the role and conduct of officials in the award process for the InterCity West Coast franchise process conducted by Bill Stow (a former Director General at Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs).

He is now considering the report and decisions on action following this investigation will be made shortly.

The Permanent Secretary decided yesterday to lift the suspensions of three DfT officials imposed on the 3 October. The decision to suspend a member of staff, or to lift that suspension, is separate from the disciplinary process and does not imply any conclusion on culpability.

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