Railways Bill — 4 Apr 2005 at 16:28
Clause 3 <[i>General duties under s.4 of the 1993 Act]:
moved Amendment No. 1:
Page 5, line 5, at end insert-
"( ) After subsection (7B) insert-
"(7C) The Secretary of State shall have a duty to exercise his functions under this Part and under the Railways Act 2005 that are not safety functions in the manner which he considers best calculated to-
(a) promote the use of the railway network in Great Britain for the carriage of passengers and goods; and
(b) secure the development of that railway network.
(7D) In calculating how best to exercise the functions referred to in subsection (7C), the Secretary of State shall have regard to any strategy made by him under subsection (7E).
(7E) The Secretary of State shall formulate and keep under review such strategies for the railway network in Great Britain as he considers appropriate, including strategies relating to-
(a) the resources available for the operation and expansion of passenger and freight services in England and Wales, including investment plans;
(b) rolling stock;
(d) passenger franchising policy; and
(e) policies for community railways.
(7F) A draft of the strategies made by the Secretary of State under subsection (7E) shall be laid before, and approved by a resolution of, each House of Parliament every three years.""
On Question, Whether the said amendment (No. 1) shall be agreed to?
Their Lordships divided: Contents, 120; Not-Contents, 136.
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