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House of Commons

 
 

Tuesday 14 March 2017

 

Public Bill Committee Proceedings

 

Bus Services Bill [Lords]


 

[First and Second Sittings]


 

Glossary

 

This document shows the fate of each clause, schedule, amendment and new clause.

 

The following terms are used:

 

Agreed to: agreed without a vote.

 

Agreed to on division: agreed following a vote.

 

Negatived: rejected without a vote.

 

Negatived on division: rejected following a vote.

 

Not called: debated in a group of amendments, but not put to a decision.

 

Not moved: not debated or put to a decision.

 

Question proposed: debate underway but not concluded.

 

Withdrawn after debate: moved and debated but then withdrawn, so not put to a decision.

 

Not selected: not chosen for debate by the Chair.

 

 


 

Andrew Jones

 

Agreed to

 

That—

 

(1)  

the Committee shall (in addition to its first meeting at 9.25 am on Tuesday 14

 

March) meet—

 

(a)  

at 2.00 pm on Tuesday 14 March; 

 

(b)  

at 11.30 am and 2.00 pm on Thursday 16 March;

 

(c)  

at 9.25 am and 2.00 pm on Tuesday 21 March;

 

(2)  

the proceedings shall be taken in the following order: Clauses 1 and 2;

 

Schedule 1; Clauses 3 to 6; Schedule 2; Clauses 7 and 8; Schedule 3; Clauses

 

9 to 15; Schedule 4; Clauses 16 to 21; new Clauses; new Schedules; Clauses

 

22 to 26; remaining proceedings on the Bill;


 
 

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Bus Services Bill-[Lords], continued

 
 

(3)  

the proceedings shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a

 

conclusion at 5.00 pm on Tuesday 21 March.

 


 

Andrew Jones

 

That, subject to the discretion of the Chair, any written evidence received by the

 

Committee shall be reported to the House for publication.

 

Agreed to

 


 

Andrew Jones

 

Agreed to  1

 

Clause  1,  page  2,  line  43,  leave out from beginning to end of line 4 on page 3

 

Andrew Jones

 

Agreed to  2

 

Clause  1,  page  4,  leave out lines 37 to 42

 

Andrew Jones

 

Agreed to on division  3

 

Clause  1,  page  6,  leave out line 1

 

Andrew Jones

 

Agreed to  4

 

Clause  1,  page  6,  leave out lines 8 to 16

 

Clause, as amended, Agreed to.

 


 

Clause 2 Agreed to.

 

Schedule 1 Agreed to.

 

Clause 3 Agreed to.

 

Andrew Jones

 

Agreed to on division  5

 

Clause  4,  page  15,  line  11,  at end insert—

 

    

“But each of paragraphs (b) to (f) has effect only if the Secretary of State by

 

regulations so provides.”


 
 

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Bus Services Bill-[Lords], continued

 
 

Daniel Zeichner

 

Lilian Greenwood

 

Nic Dakin

 

Negatived on division  19

 

Clause  4,  page  15,  line  24,  at end insert—

 

“(6A)    

The terms as to standard of service that may be specified include terms about bus

 

punctuality and bus journey speeds.”

 

Andrew Jones

 

Agreed to  6

 

Clause  4,  page  15,  leave out lines 41 to 45

 

Daniel Zeichner

 

Lilian Greenwood

 

Nic Dakin

 

Not called  20

 

Clause  4,  page  15,  line  45,  at end insert—

 

“(12)    

A local service contract may require that new vehicles delivering local services

 

are equipped with Wi-Fi if the vehicle comes into service after 1st April 2019 and

 

that existing vehicles are equipped by 1st April 2022.”

 

Graham Stringer

 

Withdrawn after debate  34

 

Clause  4,  page  16,  line  9,  at end insert “, reflecting local conditions.”

 

Daniel Zeichner

 

Lilian Greenwood

 

Nic Dakin

 

Withdrawn after debate  21

 

Clause  4,  page  16,  line  30,  at end insert—

 

“(3A)    

An award of any new franchise or contract shall not be made on the basis of

 

labour costs estimated by the potential franchisee or contractor assuming labour

 

costs for new employees at less than the labour cost of workers who are covered

 

by TUPE protections in accordance with section 123X transferring to the new

 

franchisee or contractor.” 

 

Graham Stringer

 

Not called  35

 

Clause  4,  page  16,  leave out lines 32 to 36.

 

Graham Stringer

 

Negatived on division  36

 

Clause  4,  page  16,  line  35,  at end insert—

 

“(5A)    

In preparing guidance, the Secretary of State must ensure that it is not over-

 

burdensome on the authority.

 

(5B)    

The guidance shall specify that the authority may decline to assess a potential

 

scheme if the bus operators have previously proved unwilling or unable to

 

implement similar schemes.

 

(5C)    

The guidance shall specify that the ultimate decision to go ahead with any scheme

 

will rest with the authority.”


 
 

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Andrew Jones

 

Agreed to  7

 

Clause  4,  page  16,  line  41,  at end insert—

 

“( )    

A franchising authority or authorities may not prepare an assessment of a

 

proposed franchising scheme under section 123B unless the Secretary of State

 

consents to their doing so.

 

( )    

The Secretary of State’s consent is not required if the proposed scheme relates

 

only to—

 

(a)    

the area of a mayoral combined authority, or

 

(b)    

the combined area of two or more mayoral combined authorities.

 

( )    

The Secretary of State must publish a notice of a consent given under this

 

section.”

 

Andrew Jones

 

Agreed to  8

 

Clause  4,  page  18,  leave out line 3

 

Andrew Jones

 

Agreed to  9

 

Clause  4,  page  18,  leave out lines 12 to 20

 

Daniel Zeichner

 

Lilian Greenwood

 

Nic Dakin

 

Not called  22

 

Clause  4,  page  18,  line  16,  leave out “advanced quality partnership scheme” and

 

insert “franchising scheme.”

 

Daniel Zeichner

 

Lilian Greenwood

 

Nic Dakin

 

Withdrawn after debate  23

 

Clause  4,  page  20,  line  11,  leave out “six months” and insert “112 days.” 

 

Andrew Jones

 

Agreed to  10

 

Clause  4,  page  24,  line  41,  leave out “21” and insert “(Bus companies: limitation of

 

powers of authorities in England)”

 

Daniel Zeichner

 

Not selected  40

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  4,  page  26,  line  22,  at end insert “, or that have been designed and consulted

 

upon by the franchising authority for its area.”


 
 

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Bus Services Bill-[Lords], continued

 
 

Daniel Zeichner

 

Lilian Greenwood

 

Nic Dakin

 

Withdrawn after debate  24

 

Clause  4,  page  32,  line  47,  at end insert—

 

“123Y

 Compensation liability

 

Where a bus operator brings a successful legal challenge for compensation

 

against a relevant franchising authority, central government shall be liable for any

 

financial penalty imposed by the court on the franchising authority.”

 

Daniel Zeichner

 

Lilian Greenwood

 

Nic Dakin

 

Not called  25

 

Clause  4,  page  32,  line  47,  at end insert—

 

“123Y

 Employees not covered by TUPE protections

 

Employees of local bus service providers who are not covered by TUPE

 

protections may not be employed on terms and conditions less favourable than

 

those provided by TUPE.” 

 

Daniel Zeichner

 

Lilian Greenwood

 

Nic Dakin

 

Not called  26

 

Clause  4,  page  32,  line  47,  at end insert—

 

“123Z

 Effect on employees of introduction of local service contract

 

(1)    

Where, either before or after the introduction of a local service contract following

 

an assessment under section 123B, any employee of an operator in the area to

 

which the scheme relates is dismissed, that employee is to be treated for the

 

purposes of Part 10 of the Employment Rights Act 1996 as unfairly dismissed if

 

the sole or principal reason for the dismissal is the introduction of the relevant

 

local service contract.

 

(2)    

Subsection (1) applies whether or not the employee in question was part of an

 

organised grouping of employees principally connected with the provision of

 

local services, under section 123X(4).

 

(3)    

Where section 123X(4) applies, a new operator may not engage employees or

 

workers on terms and conditions less favourable than those of the employees

 

whose employment transferred from the former operator.”

 

Clause, as amended, Agreed to.

 



 
 

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Bus Services Bill-[Lords], continued

 
 

Graham Stringer

 

Withdrawn after debate  33

 

Clause  5,  page  33,  line  8,  at end insert—

 

“(1A)    

The franchising authority may require the operator to provide information about

 

services run by the operator under existing franchises or in non-franchised

 

markets outside the franchising authority’s area.”

 

Jonathan Reynolds

 

Daniel Zeichner

 

Not called  37

 

Clause  5,  page  33,  line  31,  at end insert—

 

“(ea)    

information about the operator’s pension scheme(s) and information

 

about the number of persons employed by the operator in any individual

 

pension scheme;”

 

Jonathan Reynolds

 

Daniel Zeichner

 

Not called  38

 

Clause  5,  page  33,  line  34,  at end insert—

 

“(fa)    

information about journey speed and reliability for those local bus

 

services;”

 

Jonathan Reynolds

 

Daniel Zeichner

 

Not called  39

 

Clause  5,  page  34,  line  2,  at end insert “, which shall be no longer than 56 days.”

 

Clause Agreed to.

 

Clause 6 Agreed to.

 


 

Andrew Jones

 

Agreed to  17

 

Schedule  2,  page  84,  line  35,  leave out “123A(4)(b) to (f)” and insert “123A(4)”

 

Schedule, as amended, Agreed to.

 


 

Clauses 7 and 8 Agreed to.

 

Schedule 3 Agreed to.

 

Andrew Jones

 

Agreed to  11

 

Clause  9,  page  42,  leave out lines 15 to 20


 
 

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Bus Services Bill-[Lords], continued

 
 

Daniel Zeichner

 

Lilian Greenwood

 

Nic Dakin

 

Not called  27

 

Clause  9,  page  44,  line  33,  at end insert—

 

“(i)    

appropriate representatives of any affected employees”

 

Daniel Zeichner

 

Lilian Greenwood

 

Nic Dakin

 

Not called  28

 

Clause  9,  page  44,  line  33,  at end insert—

 

“(6A)    

In subsection (6) (i) “appropriate representatives of any affected employees”

 

means—

 

(a)    

representatives of a recognised trade union, if an independent trade union

 

is recognised by existing operators in the area of the proposed franchising

 

scheme; or

 

(b)    

in any other case, employee representatives appointed or elected by the

 

affected employees who have authority from those employees to receive

 

information and be consulted on their behalf.”

 

Daniel Zeichner

 

Lilian Greenwood

 

Nic Dakin

 

Not called  29

 

Clause  9,  page  60,  line  16,  at end insert—

 

“138T

 Employees not covered by TUPE protections

 

Employees of local bus service providers who are not covered by TUPE

 

protections may not be employed on terms and conditions less favourable than

 

those provided by TUPE.”

 

Clause, as amended, Agreed to.

 


 

Clauses 10 to 13 Agreed to.

 

Daniel Zeichner

 

Lilian Greenwood

 

Nic Dakin

 

Withdrawn after debate  30

 

Clause  14,  page  69,  line  22,  at end insert—

 

“(5)    

After section 6I insert—

 

“6J    

Community bus routes

 

(1)    

Traffic Commissioners must keep a list of bus routes in their area which

 

are of community value.

 

(2)    

For the purpose of this section, a bus route of community value is one that

 

has been designated by the traffic commissioner as furthering the social

 

well-being or social interests of the local community.


 
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