New Clause 9 — Power of authorities to provide services in exceptional circumstances

Part of Orders of the Day – in the House of Commons at 6:30 pm on 27th October 2008.

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Photo of Paul Clark Paul Clark PPS (Rt Hon Ed Balls, Secretary of State), Department for Children, Schools and Families, Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Transport 6:30 pm, 27th October 2008

We have made it clear in the Bill that we have moved a long way on TUPE provisions and extended them to include those on pensions.

Before I conclude, may I make one point clear? I gave an answer on the 112-day consultation period: all that is out to consultation with the very people whom some of my colleagues want to see involved—the trade unions—as well as all concerned.

We have had an interesting debate about major issues. [Hon. Members: "Hear, hear!"] I am delighted that Conservative Members agree, because I am sure that they want for their constituents good bus services that run on time, use all the available facilities and work in conjunction with all concerned to deliver a public benefit. On that basis, I have no doubt that they will want to join us in the Lobby. I commend new clause 9 to the House.

Question put and agreed to.

Clause read a Second time.

Amendment proposed to the proposed new clause: (b), in line 31, leave out "three months" and insert "one month".— [Stephen Hammond.]

Question put, That the amendment be made:—

The House proceeded to a Division.

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