Rail: franchising of passenger services

Wales Bill – in the House of Commons at 9:00 pm on 12th September 2016.

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  • Division number 63
    A majority of MPs voted against allowing public sector bodies to operate rail services in Wales.

“(1) Section 25 of the Railways Act 1993 (public sector operators not to be franchisees) is amended as follows.

(2) At the end of subsection (2A) insert “or a franchise agreement in respect of services that are or include Wales-only services.”

(3) After subsection (2A) insert—

“(2B) For the purposes of this section a “Wales-only service” has the same meaning as in section 57 of the Railways Act 2005.”

(4) This section does not have effect in relation to any invitation to tender under section 26(2) of the Railways Act 1993 issued before the day on which this section comes into force.”—(Paul Flynn.)

This new clause would remove a restriction in section 25 of the Railways Act 1993 on certain public sector bodies bidding to operate a rail franchise that is made up of or includes rail services within Wales.

Brought up, and read the First time.

Question put, That the clause be read a Second time.

The House divided:

Ayes 191, Noes 286.

Division number 63 Wales Bill — New Clause 3 — Rail: Franchising of Passenger Services — Public Sector Rail Operators in Wales

A majority of MPs voted against allowing public sector bodies to operate rail services in Wales.

Aye: 191 MPs

No: 286 MPs

Ayes: A-Z by last name

Tellers

Nos: A-Z by last name

Tellers

Absent: 168 MPs

Absents: A-Z by last name

Question accordingly negatived.

New Clause 6