Railways Bill — 6 Apr 2005 at 15:43
Read a third time.
Clause 13 <[i>Railway functions of Passenger Transport Executives]:
moved Amendment No. 1:
Page 12, line 10, at end insert-
"(1A) An Executive that has been consulted under subsection (1) in relation to a franchise agreement where the services to be provided under the agreement are or include services for the carriage of passengers by railways within the passenger transport area of that Executive may, before the expiry period of 60 days following the date on which that consultation began, make a statement to the Secretary of State specifying-
(a) the services for the carriage of passengers by railway which the Passenger Transport Authority for the area in question considers it appropriate to secure to meet any public transport requirements within that area, so far as relating to the provision of services of the same description as those to be provided under the franchise agreement in question;
(b) any minimum level of quality to which any services so specified are to be provided;
(c) any requirements with respect to the fares to be charged to persons using any services so specified; and
(d) any minimum level of quality with respect to the operation of any station within the area in question which may be required by any such franchise agreement.
(1B) Where a Passenger Transport Executive for an area in England submits a statement under subsection (1A) the Secretary of State shall ensure that the services, and any minimum levels of quality or requirements with respect to fares, specified in that statement are provided for in any franchise agreement into which he may enter in respect of the services in which the Executive have an interest.
(1C) The Secretary of State need not do anything under subsection (1B) if or to the extent that it would-
(a) have an adverse effect on the provision of services for the carriage of passengers or goods by railway (whether inside or outside the area in question); or
(b) increase the amount of any expenditure of the Secretary of State in respect of railways under agreements or any other arrangements entered into with any franchise operator, any franchisee, or any servant, agent or independent contractor of a franchise operator or franchisee, and the Secretary of State considers that the Executive would not fund that increased expenditure."
On Question, Whether the said amendment (No. 1) shall be agreed to?
Their Lordships divided: Contents, 149; Not-Contents, 127.
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