Clause 6 - Investigations

Railways and Transport Safety Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 11:15 am on 4th February 2003.

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Photo of Don Foster Don Foster Shadow Secretary of State for Transport 11:15 am, 4th February 2003

I beg to move amendment No. 5, in

clause 6, page 3, line 24, at end insert—

'(9) The Rail Accident Investigation branch may not use contractors and subcontractors to assist in their investigations.'.

We turn to the amendment with the rather interesting knowledge that we have fewer than two minutes before you will say those immortal words, ''Order, order'', Mr. Hood. I am sure that many Committee members will be fascinated to know what the amendment is all about. I suggest that Committee members—who can now access it through the wonderful facilities and marvellous information technology systems provided for all Members by the House—look at the question that I posed, at col. 781, to the Under-Secretary on 10 June 2002. I shall ask Members on both sides questions this afternoon to see how well they have understood it.

Better still, I suggest that Members look not only at the question that I asked but at the answer that the Under-Secretary gave. That would be enormously beneficial to them because it is the answer—

Photo of Jimmy Hood Jimmy Hood Chair, European Scrutiny Committee, Chair, European Scrutiny Committee

Order, order.

It being twenty-five minutes past Eleven o'clock, The Chairman adjourned the Committee without Question put, pursuant to the Standing Order.

Adjourned till this day at half-past Two o'clock.