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Report Stage Proceedings: 27th October 2008              

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Local Transport Bill [Lords], continued

 
 

Secretary Geoff Hoon

 

Agreed to  263

 

Page  33,  line  44  [Clause  37],  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

In subsection (1)(b) (transitional provision in connection with variation of

 

schemes) before “variation” insert “continuation in operation or”.’.

 


 

Secretary Geoff Hoon

 

Agreed to  124

 

Page  34,  line  27  [Clause  39],  at end insert—

 

‘(1A)    

Subsection (2) also applies to a situation in which—

 

(a)    

local services which, on the coming into force of a quality contract, a

 

person (the “former operator”) would be required by virtue of section

 

129(1)(b) to cease providing in the area mentioned in subsection (1)(a) of

 

this section, cease to be provided by the former operator before the

 

coming into force of that quality contract, and

 

(b)    

at the same time, a person (the “new operator”) begins to provide local

 

services in that area under an agreement which the authority or

 

authorities who made the relevant quality contracts scheme entered into

 

by reason of the cessation of the local services referred to in paragraph

 

(a).’.

 

Secretary Geoff Hoon

 

Agreed to  125

 

Page  34,  line  28  [Clause  39],  leave out ‘such situation’ and insert ‘situation to

 

which this subsection applies’.

 

Secretary Geoff Hoon

 

Agreed to  126

 

Page  34,  line  35  [Clause  39],  after ‘subsection (1)(a)’, insert ‘or (as the case may

 

be) the local services referred to in subsection (1A)(a)’.

 

Secretary Geoff Hoon

 

Agreed to  127

 

Page  34,  line  35  [Clause  39],  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

Any situation which by virtue of this section is treated as a relevant transfer for

 

the purposes of TUPE is also to be treated as a relevant transfer within the

 

meaning of TUPE for the purposes of sections 257 and 258 of the Pensions Act

 

2004 and any regulations made under section 258 of that Act.’.

 


 

Secretary Geoff Hoon

 

Agreed to  128

 

Page  35,  line  21  [Clause  39],  at end insert—

 

‘(e)    

provision requiring the authority or authorities who made a

 

quality contracts scheme to ensure that any quality contract

 

entered into with a person under the scheme, or any other

 

agreement made with a person for the provision of local services

 

in the area to which the scheme relates, is made on terms—


 
 

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(i)    

that require the person, in the event of there being any

 

transferring employees, to secure pension protection for

 

every transferring employee, or every transferring

 

employee of a prescribed description, who as an

 

employee of the former operator had rights to acquire

 

pension benefits, and

 

(ii)    

that, so far as relating to the securing of pension

 

protection for a transferring employee, are enforceable

 

by the employee.

 

(5A)    

For the purposes of this section—

 

(a)    

“transferring employee” means an employee of a former

 

operator whose contract of employment becomes, either by

 

virtue of TUPE or by virtue of this section, a contract of

 

employment with a new operator;

 

(b)    

“pension protection” is secured for a transferring employee if

 

after the change of employer referred to in paragraph (a)—

 

(i)    

the employee has, as an employee of the new operator,

 

rights to acquire pension benefits, and

 

(ii)    

those rights are of such description as is prescribed by

 

regulations.

 

(5B)    

The Secretary of State must exercise the power conferred by this section

 

to make regulations containing provision falling within subsection (5)(e)

 

so as to ensure—

 

(a)    

that pension protection is required to be secured for every

 

transferring original employee who as an employee of the

 

original operator had rights to acquire pension benefits, and

 

(b)    

that the rights to acquire pension benefits which a transferring

 

original employee has as an employee of the new operator by

 

virtue of paragraph (a) are rights which—

 

(i)    

are the same as the rights the transferring original

 

employee had as an employee of the original operator, or

 

(ii)    

under provision made by regulations, count as being

 

broadly comparable to, or better than, those rights.

 

(5C)    

For the purposes of subsection (5B)—

 

“transferring original employee” means a transferring employee—

 

(e)    

who immediately before the relevant date was employed by a

 

person (the “original operator”) providing local services in the

 

area to which the relevant quality contracts scheme relates, and

 

(f)    

whose contract of employment—

 

(i)    

was, from that date until the change of employer

 

referred to in subsection (5A)(a), a contract of

 

employment with the original operator, or

 

(ii)    

on each occasion when the employee was

 

subject to a relevant transfer became, either by

 

virtue of TUPE or by virtue of this section, a

 

contract of employment with a person providing

 

local services in the area referred to in paragraph

 

(a);

 

“relevant date”, in relation to a quality contracts scheme, means—

 

(g)    

the date on which the scheme was made, or

 

(h)    

where—


 
 

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(i)    

the local services being provided by the original

 

operator were not subject to the scheme when it

 

was made, and

 

(ii)    

as a result of either the variation of the scheme,

 

or the continuation of the scheme with

 

modifications, those services became subject to

 

the scheme,

 

    

the date on which that variation, or (as the case may be) the

 

decision to continue the scheme with those modifications, was

 

made;

 

“relevant transfer” means anything that is, or is to be treated as, a relevant

 

transfer for the purposes of TUPE.’.

 


 

Secretary Geoff Hoon

 

Agreed to  129

 

Page  40,  line  3  [Clause  44],  after ‘service’, insert ‘which is to have one or more

 

stopping places’.

 

Secretary Geoff Hoon

 

Agreed to  130

 

Page  40,  line  10  [Clause  44],  at end insert—

 

‘(2A)    

After subsection (7) (variation or revocation of registration) insert—

 

“(7A)    

Where—

 

(a)    

a quality contracts scheme under section 124 of the Transport

 

Act 2000 is in force,

 

(b)    

the operator of a local service registered under this section

 

proposes to vary the registration,

 

(c)    

the service, as proposed to be varied, is to have one or more

 

stopping places within the area to which the scheme relates,

 

(d)    

the service, as proposed to be varied, is not excluded from the

 

scheme by virtue of section 127(4) of the Transport Act 2000,

 

and

 

(e)    

the operator does not propose to provide the service, as proposed

 

to be varied, under a quality contract by virtue of the scheme,

 

    

section 6B of this Act has effect with respect to the variation of the

 

registration.”.

 

(2B)    

In subsection (8) (time when variation etc becomes effective) after “Subject to

 

regulations under this section” insert “and, in the case of variation, to section 6B

 

of this Act,”.’.

 

Secretary Geoff Hoon

 

Agreed to  131

 

Page  40  [Clause  44],  leave out lines 13 to 25 and insert—

 

‘(1)    

This section applies—

 

(a)    

by virtue of subsection (2B) of section 6 of this Act (“Case 1”), in relation

 

to registration of the proposed local service mentioned in that subsection;

 

(b)    

by virtue of subsection (7A) of that section (“Case 2”), in relation to the

 

proposed variation of the registration mentioned in that subsection.


 
 

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(2)    

Where this section applies, the operator may apply to a traffic commissioner—

 

(a)    

in Case 1, for registration of the proposed service under section 6 of this

 

Act, or

 

(b)    

in Case 2, for variation of the registration under that section,

 

    

notwithstanding anything in section 129(1)(a) of the Transport Act 2000 (sections

 

6 to 9 of this Act not to apply).’

 

Secretary Geoff Hoon

 

Agreed to  132

 

Page  40,  line  27  [Clause  44],  leave out ‘the following provisions of this section’

 

and insert ‘subsections (4) to (6) below’.

 

Secretary Geoff Hoon

 

Agreed to  133

 

Page  40,  line  32  [Clause  44],  leave out ‘proposed service’ and insert ‘application’.

 

Secretary Geoff Hoon

 

Agreed to  134

 

Page  40,  line  32  [Clause  44],  after ‘must’, insert ‘—

 

(a)    

in Case 1,’.

 

Secretary Geoff Hoon

 

Agreed to  135

 

Page  40,  line  33  [Clause  44],  at end insert ‘, or

 

(b)    

in Case 2, vary the registration under that section.’.

 

Secretary Geoff Hoon

 

Agreed to  136

 

Page  40,  line  35  [Clause  44],  at end insert—

 

‘(6A)    

In relation to Case 2, regulations may prescribe cases in which subsections (3) to

 

(6) above do not apply.’.

 

Secretary Geoff Hoon

 

Agreed to  137

 

Page  40,  line  37  [Clause  44],  after ‘provision’, insert ‘—

 

(a)    

in Case 1,’.

 

Secretary Geoff Hoon

 

Agreed to  138

 

Page  40,  line  38  [Clause  44],  leave out ‘will’ and insert ‘, or

 

(b)    

in Case 2, of the local service as proposed to be varied,

 

    

will’.

 


 

Secretary Geoff Hoon

 

Agreed to  139

 

Page  53,  line  4,  [Clause  59],  leave out from ‘subsection (3)’ to end of line 5 and

 

insert ‘in the manner mentioned in subsection (1AA)’.


 
 

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Local Transport Bill [Lords], continued

 
 

Secretary Geoff Hoon

 

Agreed to  140

 

Page  53,  line  11,   [Clause  59],  at end insert—

 

‘(1AA)    

An order under subsection (1A)(b) may require the operator to expend

 

money on or towards—

 

(a)    

the provision of specified local services or specified facilities to

 

be used in connection with such services;

 

(b)    

specified improvements in such services or facilities.

 

    

In this subsection “specified” means specified in the order.’.

 

Norman Baker

 

Mr John Leech

 

Not called  27

 

Page  53,  line  38  [Clause  59],  leave out paragraph (a) and insert—

 

‘(a)    

payable to the relevant local authority for reinvestment in public

 

transport provision, and’.

 

Stephen Hammond

 

Mrs Theresa Villiers

 

Jeremy Wright

 

Not called  10

 

Page  53,  line  38  [Clause  59],  leave out from ‘to’ to ‘, and’ in line 31 and insert ‘the

 

appropriate local authority’.

 


 

Graham Stringer

 

Mr Clive Betts

 

Ian Stewart

 

Ms Angela C. Smith

 

Mr Paul Truswell

 

Not called  98

 

Page  55,  line  9  [Clause  61],  leave out from ‘it’ to end of line 10 and insert—

 

‘(a)    

it provides that a PTE shall cease to have the power under section

 

10(1)(viii) of the TA 1968; or

 

(b)    

it would prevent the carrying of passengers by road by the PTE in

 

pursuance of the power inserted into the TA 1968 by subsection (7).’.

 

Graham Stringer

 

Mr Clive Betts

 

Ian Stewart

 

Ms Angela C. Smith

 

Mr Paul Truswell

 

Not called  99

 

Page  55  [Clause  61],  leave out line 15.


 
 

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Local Transport Bill [Lords], continued

 
 

Graham Stringer

 

Mr Clive Betts

 

Ian Stewart

 

Ms Angela C. Smith

 

Mr Paul Truswell

 

Not called  100

 

Page  55,  line  17  [Clause  61],  at end insert—

 

‘(7)    

For subsection (1)(i) (power of PTE to carry passengers by road) substitute—

 

“(i)    

in the event that a quality contract within the meaning of

 

section 124(4) of the Transport Act 2000 is terminated

 

or local services undertaken to be provided under such a

 

quality contract cease to be provided in whole or in part,

 

to carry passengers by road within, to and from that area

 

for the purpose of maintaining local services provided in

 

the area to which that quality contract related, for a

 

period not exceeding 12 months from the date of the

 

termination of the quality contract or the cessation of the

 

local services or such longer period as may be approved

 

by the relevant traffic commissioner as being in the

 

public interest;”.’.

 


 

Graham Stringer

 

Not selected  266

 

Page  58,  line  5  [Clause  68],  at end insert—

 

‘(n)    

for the establishment of a complaints procedure for users of local services

 

and for the committee to hear appeals in respect of such complaints.’.

 

Secretary Geoff Hoon

 

Agreed to  141

 

Page  58,  line  13  [Clause  68],  after ‘any’, insert ‘provision of this Act or any other’.

 


 

Secretary Geoff Hoon

 

Agreed to  142

 

Page  59,  line  14  [Clause  68],  leave out ‘an’ and insert ‘this Act or any other’.

 

Secretary Geoff Hoon

 

Agreed to  143

 

Page  59,  line  38  [Clause  68],  leave out ‘an’ and insert ‘this Act or any other’.

 


 

Secretary Geoff Hoon

 

Agreed to  144

 

Page  60,  line  9  [Clause  69],  leave out ‘or’.


 
 

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Local Transport Bill [Lords], continued

 
 

Secretary Geoff Hoon

 

Agreed to  145

 

Page  60,  line  11  [Clause  69],  at end insert—

 

‘(c)    

prescribed tramway passenger services, or tramway passenger services

 

of a prescribed description, so far as operating in England;

 

(d)    

prescribed passenger transport facilities in England, or passenger

 

transport facilities in England that are of a prescribed description.’.

 

Graham Stringer

 

Not called  267

 

Page  60,  line  11  [Clause  69],  at end insert—

 

‘(c)    

the establishment of a complaints procedure for users of local services

 

and for the Rail Passengers’ Council to hear appeals in respect of such

 

complaints.’.

 

Secretary Geoff Hoon

 

Agreed to  146

 

Page  60,  line  13  [Clause  69],  after ‘enactment’, insert ‘(including this Act)’.

 

Secretary Geoff Hoon

 

Agreed to  147

 

Page  60,  line  24  [Clause  69],  after ‘any’, insert ‘provision of this Act or any other’.

 

Ms Angela C. Smith

 

Not called  268

 

Page  60,  line  25  [Clause  69],  at end insert—

 

‘(d)    

provision conferring on the Rail Passengers’ Council powers to require

 

operators of prescribed local services or of prescribed domestic coach

 

services to provide to the Rail Passengers’ Council prescribed

 

information in relation to the operation of those services.’.

 

Ms Angela C. Smith

 

Not called  269

 

Page  60,  line  31  [Clause  69],  at end insert—

 

‘(5A)    

An order under this section may make provision to ensure that traffic

 

commissioners have regard to recommendations or representations received by

 

virtue of subsection (5) in the exercise of their functions.’.

 

Secretary Geoff Hoon

 

Agreed to  148

 

Page  60,  line  33  [Clause  69],  leave out from ‘to’ to end of line 34 and insert ‘—

 

(a)    

services of a kind mentioned in paragraphs (a) to (c) of subsection (1), so

 

far as operating in England, or

 

(b)    

passenger transport facilities in England.’.

 


 

Secretary Geoff Hoon

 

Agreed to  149

 

Page  61,  line  2  [Clause  69],  at end insert—


 
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