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Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, I hope that I shall be able to answer the points raised by the noble Lord, Lord Cope. With regard to the issue of disqualification from office, disqualification is normal for such post holders and is in line with normal practice. The chairman is disqualified from the Commons because this is a class A appointment. Members are a class B appointment and, therefore, different circumstances apply.
He asked also why the enforcement is the responsibility of the department and the executive. This provision takes account of the possibility that a future change in the law might involve another department, for example the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions, in relation to railway safety.
I hope I have answered the points that were raised. There is no need for a concordat in this case. We anticipate very close working relationships, which will continue from the existing close relationships, under the new arrangements proposed. I commend the order to your Lordships.
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