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Friday 27th April 2012 | 12:41
Labour Party press release
Maria Eagle MP, Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary, responding to reports that the Government is to terminate a contract with Addison Lee, said:
"It will be very welcome news if the Government has responded positively to Labour's call to stop using Addison Lee while the firm insists on breaking the law and instructing its drivers to use bus lanes. However, it is far from clear that this is the case. The Government’s Chief Procurement Officer is quoted as saying that the Government has only one contract with Addison Lee, yet in answers to parliamentary questions last month a large number of Government departments admitted to having contracts with the firm.
"Those departments that have admitted to having Addison Lee contracts, including the Cabinet Office and and those run by Michael Gove, Andrew Lansley, Iain Duncan Smith, Vince Cable and Ed Davey must now state clearly that they have cancelled any contracts held and instructed officials not to use this company while it remains in breach of the law. Those Cabinet Ministers who have so far refused to admit if the private hire contracts that they hold are with Addison Lee, including Justine Greening, Jeremy Hunt and Eric Pickles, must now come clean on whether their departments use the company and whether they will now cease to do so.
"Serious questions remain about the meetings between then Transport Secretary Philip Hammond and Tory donor and Addison Lee founder John Griffin prior to the decision to increasingly shift from using the Government Car Service to private hire contracts, which has clearly been so beneficial to the company. So far the majority of Government departments have refused to answer questions tabled by Labour in Parliament about whether other Ministers held meetings with John Griffin and his company before using his firm. Until there is complete transparency over both meetings and contracts, people will rightly be suspicious of claims that there is no longer to be any use of Addison Lee by the Government."