High Speed Rail (London — West Midlands) Bill — New Clause 20 — Allow Public Sector Operators to Run High Speed 2 Passenger Services — 23 Mar 2016 at 15:00
The majority of MPs voted against a proposal to allow, but not require, High Speed 2 passenger services to be run by the public sector operators.
The proposal applied to High Speed 2 passenger services as well as those services running wholly or partly on the route of Phase One of High Speed 2, which are likely to be subject to substantial disruption because of the construction of Phase One of High Speed 2.
MPs were considering the High Speed Rail (London – West Midlands) Bill.
The proposed new clause rejected in this vote was titled: Public Sector Operators and stated:
- ‘(1) Section 25 of the Railways Act 1993 (c. 43) (public-sector operators not to be franchisees) does not apply in relation to the franchisee in respect of a franchise agreement—
- (a) which relates wholly or mainly to the provision of one or more Phase One of High Speed 2 passenger services, or
- (b) which relates wholly or mainly to the provision of one or more other services for the carriage of passengers by railway where—
- (i) the services run wholly or partly on the route of Phase One of High Speed 2, and
- (ii) the services are likely to be subject to substantial disruption because of the construction of Phase One of High Speed 2.
- (2) The following may in particular be taken into account in determining whether, for the purposes of subsection (1)(b), services are likely to be subject to substantial disruption—
- (a) the frequency with which the services are likely to be disrupted,
- (b) the duration of the period in which the services are likely to be disrupted (and, in particular, its duration relative to the length of the franchise term),
- (c) the severity of any likely disruption.
- (3) In this section—
- “franchisee”, “franchise agreement” and “franchise term” have the meanings given by section 23 of the Railways Act 1993 (designated passenger services to be provided under franchise agreements).”
Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.
What are Boths? An MP can vote both aye and no in the same division. The boths page explains this.
What is Turnout? This is measured against the total membership of the party at the time of the vote.
|Party||Majority (No)||Minority (Aye)||Both||Turnout|
|Con||266 (+2 tell)||0||0||81.2%|
|Lab||0||173 (+2 tell)||0||75.8%|