The transport secretary has defended stripping a ferry firm with no ferries from a no-deal Brexit contract, however refused to say how a lot it has value the taxpayer.
Chris Grayling stated the Irish firm Arklow Chipping, which had backed the bid by Seaborne Freight, withdrew its assist in a “sudden and surprising” resolution.
He confirmed no cash had been given to both agency.
However Mr Grayling refused to disclose how a lot has been spent from the general public purse on all of the preparatory work.
Labour’s David Hanson known as on him to disclose the price of authorized charges and civil servant time spent on finishing up “due diligence”.
Mr Grayling replied he had a finances of “tens of millions and tens of millions of kilos” to organize for a no-deal Brexit and that he would take into account a written request for the knowledge.
Labour’s shadow transport secretary known as on him to resign.
“He merely can not preserve blaming others for his personal errors,” Andy McDonald stated.
“This disastrous resolution sits squarely with him and his workplace.”
Earlier, Downing Road insisted Prime Minister Theresa Should had full confidence in Mr Grayling.
The ferries saga emerged on the finish of final week, when ministers ripped up the contract with Seaborne over Arklow withdrawing its assist.
Mr Grayling had already confronted criticism for his option to award it, after it emerged Seaborne appeared to have copied its web site’s phrases and circumstances from a takeaway.
Seaborne was additionally found to personal no vessels appropriate for carrying items or autos.
A Division for Transport spokesperson stated: “The federal government is already in superior talks with quite a few firms to safe extra freight capability – together with by way of the port of Ramsgate – within the occasion of a no-deal Brexit.”