The Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has appeared before MPs enquiring into the 'shambles' of the West Coast mainline rail franchise.
He repeated his apology for the 'very serious' flaws in the process which led to it being scrapped last month.
A senior official appearing alongside him denied there was evidence of' bias' in the department against Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Group.
The true cost of the fiasco over the West Coast Main Line franchise is only just beginning to become clear.
A critical report by MPS has condemned the £50 million cost to the taxpayer caused by the West Coast Mainline fiasco.
Transport Secretary and Derbyshire Dales MP Patrick McLoughlin has told MPs today that mistakes over West Coast should not have been made.