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House of Commons

 
 

Notices of Amendments

 

given up to and including

 

Thursday 9 March 2017

 

New Amendments handed in are marked thus Parliamentary Star

 

Parliamentary Star - whiteAmendments which will comply with the required notice period at their next appearance

 

Amendments tabled since the last publication: 33-39

 

Public Bill Committee


 

Bus Services Bill [Lords]


 

Note

 

This document includes all amendments tabled to date and includes any

 

withdrawn amendments at the end. The amendments have been arranged in

 

accordance with the Order to be proposed by Andrew Jones.

 


 

Andrew Jones

 

To move, That the Bill be considered 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.

 


 

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.

 



 
 

Notices of Amendments: 9 March 2017                     

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Bus Services Bill-[Lords], continued

 
 

Andrew Jones

 

1

 

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

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment removes an order-making power under which the Secretary of State may confer

 

on a local transport authority with an advanced quality partnership scheme power to enforce

 

traffic offences.

 

Andrew Jones

 

2

 

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

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment removes a requirement that, under an advanced quality partnership scheme, new

 

buses providing local services must meet eligibility requirements contained in the “Low Emission

 

Bus Scheme” (a programme of grants to support the use of low and ultra-low emission vehicles),

 

where the vehicle comes into service after 1 April 2019.

 

Andrew Jones

 

3

 

Clause  1,  page  6,  leave out line 1

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment and amendment 4 remove a requirement to consult representatives of employees

 

of affected bus operators about a proposed advanced quality partnership scheme. The

 

representatives must be representatives of a trade union recognised by bus operators or, if there

 

are no such representatives, appointed or elected representatives of the employees.

 

Andrew Jones

 

4

 

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

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See the explanatory statement for amendment 3.

 


 

Andrew Jones

 

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.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment enables the Secretary of State to control the bodies, other than mayoral combined

 

authorities, that may introduce franchising schemes. The Secretary of State must make provision

 

by regulations before county councils and other authorities in England referred to in paragraphs

 

(b) to (f) may be franchising authorities.


 
 

Notices of Amendments: 9 March 2017                     

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Bus Services Bill-[Lords], continued

 
 

Daniel Zeichner

 

Lilian Greenwood

 

Nic Dakin

 

19

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

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.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment specifies that a local service contract may require bus operators to meet

 

standards of service including terms about bus punctuality and bus journey speeds.

 

Andrew Jones

 

6

 

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

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment removes a requirement that, under a franchising scheme, new buses providing

 

local services must meet eligibility requirements contained in the “Low Emission Bus Scheme” (a

 

programme of grants to support the use of low and ultra-low emission vehicles), where the vehicle

 

comes into service after 1 April 2019.

 

Daniel Zeichner

 

Lilian Greenwood

 

Nic Dakin

 

20

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

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.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment specifies that a local service contract may require new vehicles delivering local

 

bus services to be equipped with Wi-Fi after a specified period.

 

Graham Stringer

 

34

 

Parliamentary Star    

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

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would clarify the scope of comparing a scheme during the assessment of a

 

proposed franchising scheme.

 

Daniel Zeichner

 

Lilian Greenwood

 

Nic Dakin

 

21

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

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.” 

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would ensure that any new franchise or contract will not be awarded on the basis

 

of estimated labour costs being lower for new employees than the labour cost of workers covered

 

by TUPE protections.


 
 

Notices of Amendments: 9 March 2017                     

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Bus Services Bill-[Lords], continued

 
 

Graham Stringer

 

35

 

Parliamentary Star    

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

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would remove the requirement on the Secretary of State to issue guidance on the

 

preparation of an assessment of a proposed scheme.

 

Graham Stringer

 

36

 

Parliamentary Star    

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.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would prescribe some of the content of the guidance on preparation of an

 

assessment of a proposed scheme.

 

Andrew Jones

 

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.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment allows the Secretary of State to control the introduction of franchising schemes

 

by bodies other than mayoral combined authorities. The Secretary of State must give consent

 

before such a franchising authority may take the preliminary step of preparing an assessment.

 

Andrew Jones

 

8

 

Clause  4,  page  18,  leave out line 3

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment and amendment 9 remove a requirement to consult representatives of employees

 

of affected bus operators about a proposed franchising scheme. The representatives must be

 

representatives of a trade union recognised by bus operators or, if there are no such

 

representatives, appointed or elected representatives of the employees.

 

Andrew Jones

 

9

 

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

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See the explanatory statement for amendment 8.


 
 

Notices of Amendments: 9 March 2017                     

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Bus Services Bill-[Lords], continued

 
 

Daniel Zeichner

 

Lilian Greenwood

 

Nic Dakin

 

22

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

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

 

insert “franchising scheme.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would amend a provision in the franchising scheme section that refers to

 

advanced quality partnership schemes.

 

Daniel Zeichner

 

Lilian Greenwood

 

Nic Dakin

 

23

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

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

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment states that a scheme may not specify a period of less than 112 days for its start

 

date following the notice that the local service contract has been awarded by the franchising

 

authority.

 

Andrew Jones

 

10

 

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

 

powers of authorities in England)”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment is consequential on amendment NC1.

 

Daniel Zeichner

 

Lilian Greenwood

 

Nic Dakin

 

24

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

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.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment specifies that central Government shall bear the financial risk of legal challenges

 

brought against franchising authorities by bus operators.

 

Daniel Zeichner

 

Lilian Greenwood

 

Nic Dakin

 

25

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

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.” 

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would ensure that employees working under local service contracts not covered


 
 

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Bus Services Bill-[Lords], continued

 
 

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

 

provided by TUPE.

 

Daniel Zeichner

 

Lilian Greenwood

 

Nic Dakin

 

26

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

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.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would make dismissal of an employee for the sole or principal reason of the

 

introduction of a franchising scheme automatically unfair dismissal.

 


 

Graham Stringer

 

33

 

Parliamentary Star    

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.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would ensure that all operator data about operational performance in markets

 

outside the franchising authority’s area is available to them for the purpose of developing a

 

franchising scheme.

 

Jonathan Reynolds

 

Daniel Zeichner

 

37

 

Parliamentary Star    

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;”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would require operators to share information and particulars about their staff’s

 

pension scheme with the authority.


 
 

Notices of Amendments: 9 March 2017                     

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Bus Services Bill-[Lords], continued

 
 

Jonathan Reynolds

 

Daniel Zeichner

 

38

 

Parliamentary Star    

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

 

“(fa)    

information about journey speed and reliability for those local bus

 

services;”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment reflects the draft regulations and guidance and includes journey speeds and

 

reliability for authorities to consider when developing a case to franchise services.

 

Jonathan Reynolds

 

Daniel Zeichner

 

39

 

Parliamentary Star    

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

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment defines reasonable period for the purpose of this subsection as no longer than 56

 

days.

 


 

Andrew Jones

 

17

 

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

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment and amendment 18 correct cross-references to text inserted by clause 4.

 


 

Andrew Jones

 

11

 

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

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment removes a requirement that, under an enhanced partnership scheme, new buses

 

providing local services must meet eligibility requirements contained in the “Low Emission Bus

 

Scheme” (a programme of grants to support the use of low and ultra-low emission vehicles), where

 

the vehicle comes into service after 1 April 2019.

 

Daniel Zeichner

 

Lilian Greenwood

 

Nic Dakin

 

27

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

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

 

“(i)    

appropriate representatives of any affected employees”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would make appropriate representatives of any affected employees statutory

 

consultees when a local authority is consulting on a proposed enhanced partnership.


 
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