Confirmation, Variation and Revocation of Byelaws by Secretary of State

Orders of the Day — Channel Tunnel Bill – in the House of Commons at 1:30 am on 3rd February 1987.

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Amendments made: No. 11, in page 17, line 32, leave out 'in such manner as may be approved by the Secretary of State.

No. 12, in page 17, line 35, at end insert—

  1. '(a) in such newspapers circulating in the City of Canterbury, the borough of Ashford and the districts of Dover, Shepway and Thanet, in the county of Kent; and
  2. (b) in such other manner;
as may be approved by the Secretary of State.'

No. 13, in page 18, line 3, at end insert— '(5A) The Secretary of State shall not confirm any byelaw submitted to him for confirmation unless he has consulted the Kent County Council and the council of any district in which it appears to him that the byelaw would have effect.'.—[Mr. David Mitchell.]

Mr. Deputy Speaker:

Does the hon. Member for Ealing, Acton (Sir G. Young) wish to move amendment No. 14 formally?

Photo of George Young George Young , Ealing Acton

When I spoke a few moments ago, I was trying to give the Minister the opportunity, if he so wished, to say whether he was prepared to pursue the matter. I resumed my seat because I hoped that the Minister would rise again and say whether he could meet, in some way, the request that I made for a further initiative from British Rail.

Mr. Deputy Speaker:

We are really past that point now, but, if the Minister is very anxious, I am prepared, exceptionally, to jog back as t were.

Photo of Mr David Mitchell Mr David Mitchell , North West Hampshire

It was my intention to rise when my hon. Friend sat down but simply to say that I cannot give him a positive assurance that British Rail will install such arrangements in its trains and Anglo-French trains, because I do not know the costs involved, or the commercial consequences. I am prepared to help my hon. Friend and to undertake to raise the matter with British Rail.