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May I respond to the recent debate about our refusal to reemploy redundant employees.

The fact is that where we have made an employee redundant, our general policy is not to permit that employee to reappear in the Company through an agency.

If an employee is taken on as an employee by a consultant or contractor, who in turn is contracted to Network Rail, then we will not object to that employee working on a Network Rail project unless we have reservations about their competence or suitability for the position.

Our objectives for the railway are straightforward; to employ the right person in the right job, preferably as a full time employee of Network Rail, our principal consultants or contractors.

John Armitt, chief executive, Network Rail, 40 Melton Street, London, NW1 2EE

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