Amendments proposed to the Railways and Transport Safety Bill - continued House of Commons

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Railway security services


Mr John Spellar


To move the following Clause:—

    The following shall be inserted after section 121 of the Railways Act 1993 (c.43) (security: inspection)—

          "121A     Railway security services: approved providers

          (1)   In this section "railway security service" means a process or activity carried out for the purpose of—

          (a) complying with a requirement of an instruction under section 119, or

          (b) facilitating a person's compliance with a requirement of an instruction under section 119.

          (2)   Regulations may provide for the Secretary of State to maintain a list of persons who are approved by him for the provision of a particular railway security service.

          (3)   The regulations may—

          (a) prohibit the provision of a railway security service by a person who is not listed in respect of that service;

          (b) prohibit the use or engagement for the provision of a railway security service of a person who is not listed in respect of that service;

          (c) create a criminal offence;

          (d) make provision about application for inclusion in the list (including provision about fees);

          (e) make provision about the duration and renewal of entries on the list (including provision about fees);

          (f) make provision about training or qualifications which persons who apply to be listed or who are listed are required to undergo or possess;

          (g) make provision about removal from the list which shall include provision for appeal;

          (h) make provision about the inspection of activities carried out by listed persons;

          (i) confer functions on the Secretary of State or on a specified person;

          (j) confer jurisdiction on a court.

          (4)   Regulations under subsection (3)(c)—

          (a) may not provide for a penalty on summary conviction greater than a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum,

          (b) may not provide for a penalty of imprisonment on conviction on indictment greater than imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years (whether or not accompanied by a fine), and

          (c) may create a criminal offence of purporting, with intent to deceive, to do something as a listed person or of doing something, with intent to deceive, which purports to be done by a listed person.

          (5)   An instruction under section 119 may—

          (a) include a requirement to use a listed person for the provision of a railway security service;

          (b) provide for all or part of the instruction not to apply or to apply with modified effect where a listed person provides a railway security service.

          (6)   Regulations under this section—

          (a) may make different provision for different cases,

          (b) may include incidental, supplemental or transitional provision,

          (c) shall be made by the Secretary of State by statutory instrument,

          (d) shall not be made unless the Secretary of State has consulted organisations appearing to him to represent persons affected by the regulations, and

          (e) shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of resolution of either House of Parliament."'.

Development of rural road hierarchy


Mr Tim Collins
Mr Christopher Chope
Miss Anne McIntosh
John Randall


*To move the following Clause:—

    '(1)   There shall be a new classification of speed limits for rural roads to be known as a Rural Road Hierarchy.

    (2)   The hierarchy will set maximum speed limits for different road types, and include speed limits no higher than—

      (a) 20 mph for rural roads in the vicinity of schools and roads designated as Quiet Lanes under the Transport Act 2000;

      (b) 30 mph for rural roads passing through villages;

      (c)  40 mph for rural roads which have been classified as Country Lanes;

      (d) 50 mph for poor quality single carriageways;

      (e) 60 mph for high quality single carriageways; and

      (f) 70 mph for dual carriageway roads.

    (3)   For the purposes of this section, a Country Lane is any road which is primarily used for local access, where there is no white centre line, and which has been designated as such by the local transport authority.

    (4)   Local transport authorities shall have the power under this section to review any restricted and unrestricted non-urban road or roads for which they are the traffic authority and reclassify them as part of the rural road hierarchy.

    (5)   Local transport authorities may amend the existing speed limit for a road or roads within that classification, taking into account guidance issued by the Secretary of State.

    (6)   As soon as is practicable and no later than six months after the coming into force of this Act the Secretary of State shall issue guidance as to the way in which a transport authority shall exercise its powers in developing a rural road hierarchy.

    (7)   Guidance under this section shall include guidance on—

      (a) the function of the rural road hierarchy;

      (b) definitions of different road types and areas, including country lanes, quiet lanes, and villages (subject to the requirements in subsection 4 and the Transport Act 2000) and how the assessment of road quality is to be made;

      (c) the procedures for reviewing the classification of roads and reclassifying them, including the use of appraisal;

      (d) requirements for public consultation;

      (e) appropriate speed limits for different road types within the hierarchy, subject to the requirements in subsection 2;

      (f) the procedures for applying speed limits on an area basis;

      (g) how the rural road hierarchy will link to requirements under the Transport Act 2000 for the production of Local Transport Plans; and

      (h) the relationship between the rural road hierarchy and urban roads.'.



    (1)   during proceedings on the Railways and Transport Safety Bill the Standing Committee shall meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8.55 a.m. and 2.30 p.m.;

    (2)   18 sittings shall be allotted to the consideration of the Bill in Committee;

    (3)   the proceedings shall be taken in the order specified in the Table below;

    (4)   the proceedings specified in the first column of the Table shall be brought to a conclusion (unless already concluded) at the time specified in the second column of the Table.


ProceedingsTime for conclusion of proceedings
Clauses 1 to 13, New Clauses and New Schedules relating to Part 15 p.m. at the 4th Sitting
Clause 14, Schedule 1, Clause 15, Schedules 2 and 3, Clause 16, New Clauses and New Schedules relating to Part 211.25 a.m. at the 5th Sitting
Clause 17, Schedule 4, Clauses 18 to 70, Schedule 5, Clauses 71 to 74, New Clauses and New Schedules relating to Part 311.25 a.m. at the 11th Sitting
Clauses 75 to 99, New Clauses and New Schedules relating to Parts 4 and 511.25 a.m. at the 15th Sitting
Clause 100, Schedule 6, Clauses 101 to 106, Schedule 7, Clauses 107 to 110, remaining New Clauses and New Schedules and remaining proceedings on the Bill.5 p.m. at the 18th Sitting

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