Correspondence

Garden Bridge: ministerial direction

Correspondence between DfT's Permanent Secretary and Secretary of State for Transport giving a ministerial direction on the Garden Bridge.

Documents

Garden bridge: letter from DfT Permanent Secretary to the Secretary of State for Transport, 24 May 2016

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Garden bridge: letter from the Secretary of State for Transport to the DfT Permanent Secretary, 25 May 2016

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Details

These letters were written in May 2016 and were prompted by a request to the Department for Transport from the Garden Bridge Trust. The Trust were seeking an extension to the existing DfT-managed government support for the Garden Bridge that would involve government underwriting a portion of the Trust’s liabilities in the event of the Garden Bridge project being cancelled.

The Permanent Secretary, in his role as Accounting Officer for DfT, sought and obtained a ministerial direction from the Secretary of State before responding to the Trust. These letters set out the Permanent Secretary’s reasons for seeking a direction on this issue, and the Secretary of State’s reasons for issuing the direction.

Published 11 October 2016