Clause 40 - Police regulations by Secretary of State

Railways and Transport Safety Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 11:15 am on 13th February 2003.

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Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

Photo of Anne McIntosh Anne McIntosh Shadow Minister (Transport)

My concerns about this clause are similar to my concerns about clause 39. Clause 40 enables the Secretary of State to make statutory regulations in relation to the British Transport police. We are told that the power would be used sparingly and only in certain circumstances, such as when the authority is unable to make the regulations itself. Again, it would be helpful to ask what those circumstances might be. Having considered clause 39, why do we need clause 40? I may be reading them incorrectly, but they seem remarkably similar.

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.