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Public Bill Committee Proceedings: 5th June 2007          

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Clause Agreed to.

 


 

Paul Rowen

 

Mr John Leech

 

 

Not called  35

 

Clause  8,  page  7,  line  6,  at end add—

 

‘(5)    

The Secretary of State may by order, amend section 93 of the Transport Act 1985

 

to require the provision of flexible alternative forms of concession, including for

 

use on community transport.’.

 

Clause Agreed to.

 


 

Mr David Clelland

 

Not called  6

 

Clause  9,  page  7,  line  28,  at end insert—

 

‘(aa)    

enabling the Secretary of State to reimburse travel concession authorities

 

where they incur a deficit of over £500,000 as a result of reimbursing

 

individual operators under this Act.’.

 

Clause Agreed to.

 


 

Paul Rowen

 

Mr John Leech

 

Withdrawn  13

 

Clause  10,  page  8,  line  31,  leave out ‘may’ and insert ‘shall’.

 

Paul Rowen

 

Mr John Leech

 

Not called  14

 

Clause  10,  page  8,  line  38,  leave out ‘may’ and insert ‘shall’.

 

Clause Agreed to.

 


 

Andrew George

 

Paul Rowen

 

Withdrawn  3

 

Clause  11,  page  10,  line  19,  after ‘10’, insert ‘, [Application to Isles of Scilly]’.


 
 

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Concessionary Bus Travel Bill[ [], continued

 
 

Andrew George

 

Paul Rowen

 

Not called  4

 

Clause  11,  page  10,  line  22,  after ‘8’, insert ‘or [Application to Isles of Scilly]’.

 

Clause Agreed to.

 

Clauses 12 and 13 Agreed to.

 


 

Gillian Merron

 

Agreed to  1

 

Schedule  2,  page  13,  line  22,  at end insert—

 

‘1A      

In section 98 (travel concession schemes: further provisions with respect to

 

participation notices), after subsection (4) insert—

 

“(4A)    

But if the participation notice was served on the person by one or more

 

authorities in England only—

 

(a)    

subsection (3) above shall have effect as if for “twenty-eight

 

days beginning with the date of the participation notice” there

 

were substituted “fifty-six days beginning with the date

 

provided for in relation to the participation notice by virtue of

 

section 97(5)(a) above”; and

 

(b)    

subsection (4) above shall have effect as if for paragraph (a)

 

there were substituted—

 

“(a)    

if the person is required by the participation notice to

 

give a prescribed number of days’ notice (or, if no

 

number of days is prescribed, seven days’ notice), at

 

least that number of days before the date of the notice

 

given to the Secretary of State under subsection (3)

 

above; or”.”’.

 

Schedule, as amended, Agreed to.

 

Schedule 3 Agreed to.

 

Clauses 14 and 15 Agreed to.

 


 

Andrew George

 

Paul Rowen

 

Not called  5

 

Clause  16,  page  11,  line  16,  leave out ‘Bus’.

 

Gillian Merron

 

Agreed to  2

 

Clause  16,  page  11,  line  17,  leave out subsection (2).


 
 

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Clause, as amended, Agreed to.

 


 

New ClauseS

 

Application to Isles of Scilly

 

Andrew George

 

Paul Rowen

 

Not called  NC1

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

This Act, in its application to the Isles of Scilly, has effect subject to such

 

exceptions, adaptations and modifications as the Secretary of State may by order

 

prescribe.

 

(2)    

In particular, an order under subsection (1) may—

 

(a)    

provide for the application of this Act to water-borne public passenger

 

transport services;

 

(b)    

amend the categories of person who are entitled to concessionary travel

 

under this Act.’.

 


 

Reimbursement of travel concession authorities

 

Paul Rowen

 

Mr John Leech

 

Not called  nc2

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘After section 149 of the 2000 Act (Reimbursement of operators) insert—

 

“149A

Reimbursement of travel concession authorities

 

(1)    

Where a travel concession authority has responsibility for the

 

administration of mandatory travel concessions under section 145A,

 

including the administration and issuing of permits under section

 

145A(4) and the reimbursement of operators under section 149, the

 

Secretary of State shall reimburse the authority the full costs of

 

administering mandatory travel concessions by means of a direct annual

 

revenue grant.

 

(2)    

The Secretary of State shall reserve a proportion of the funding allocated

 

to the mandatory travel concession scheme to provide a contingency

 

fund.

 

(3)    

A contingency fund under subsection (2) shall be used to reimburse any

 

travel concession authority for any unforeseen capital and set up costs


 
 

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incurred by that authority in introducing a scheme to comply with this

 

section.”’.

 


 

Concessionary Bus Fares Council

 

Paul Rowen

 

Mr John Leech

 

Withdrawn  nc3

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

There shall be a Concessionary Bus Fares Council.

 

(2)    

The Concessionary Bus Fares Council shall comprise—

 

(a)    

representatives from passenger user groups,

 

(b)    

representatives from local authorities,

 

(c)    

representatives from the Department for Transport, and

 

(d)    

such other persons as the Secretary of State thinks fit.

 

(3)    

The Concessionary Bus Fares Council shall undertake the following functions—

 

(a)    

determining a framework for eligible services,

 

(b)    

determining a pricing framework for the reimbursement of operators,

 

(c)    

overseeing the introduction of any national smart card scheme,

 

(d)    

undertaking other roles as determined by the Secretary of State.

 

(4)    

Before performing the functions set out in subsection (3) the Concessionary Bus

 

Fares Council shall consult—

 

(a)    

the Secretary of State,

 

(b)    

local authorities,

 

(c)    

operators,

 

(d)    

passenger groups, and

 

(e)    

such other persons as the council sees fit.’.

 


 

Review of reimbursement arrangements

 

Stephen Hammond

 

Mr Lee Scott

 

Andrew Rosindell

 

Negatived on division  nc4

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘Two years after the commencement of this Act the Secretary of State shall

 

conduct a review of arrangements for allocating funding to local authorities

 

necessary for the reimbursement of operators under section 3(2) of this Act, and

 

shall lay before Parliament a report setting out his findings.’.

 



 
 

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Concessionary Bus Travel Bill[ [], continued

 
 

Funding statement

 

Stephen Hammond

 

Mr Lee Scott

 

Andrew Rosindell

 

Negatived on division  nc5

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘At the end of each financial year after the commencement of this Act the

 

Secretary of State shall make a statement to Parliament setting out—

 

(a)    

the total sum of funds made available to local authorities for the purposes

 

of providing bus services and concessionary fares thereon in the financial

 

year just ended, and

 

(b)    

the method by which those funds have been made available.’.

 

Ordered, That certain written evidence already reported to the House be appended to

 

the proceedings of the Committee.    —(Gillian Merron.)

 

Bill, as amended, to be reported.

 


 
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