4 October 2012
"The way ministers have sought to blame civil servants in the Department for Transport before any of the facts have been established has been deplorable, but sadly not out of character.
"It is entirely consistent with the way the civil service is being treated by many ministers as an irritation, rather than as a professional body that works to ensure the smooth running of government.
"This professionalism is being undermined and unpicked by this Tory-led government, which has already cut more than 35,000 staff from the civil service, stretching resources to the limit and putting increasing pressure on those that remain.
"We will be providing support to any PCS member affected by this and will be ensuring the inquiries fully examine all the issues, including ministerial involvement and oversight of the bidding process."