Clause 69 - Crown application

Railways and Transport Safety Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 9:45 am on 27th 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)

Will the Minister state the philosophy behind the clause and say how it would apply to the transport of nuclear fuels, for example?

Photo of Mr David Jamieson Mr David Jamieson Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Transport

The clause is fairly clear. The national railway network crosses Crown land, and to ensure that British Transport police have full jurisdiction over matters relating to the railways, the Bill must confirm that they can cross that land. The clause extends the provision, for which Crown consent has been obtained, to railways crossing Crown land.

Whatever the substance, materials, people or goods involved, they are not affected by the clause.

Photo of John Randall John Randall Opposition Whip (Commons)

If a railway crosses Crown land, is it owned by the Crown or by the company?

Photo of Mr David Jamieson Mr David Jamieson Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Transport

The clause gives jurisdiction over the land, whoever owns it, to the British Transport police and gives its officers the ability to pursue a person who has committed an offence on to Crown land.

Photo of John Randall John Randall Opposition Whip (Commons)

For clarification, does the Crown own any railways?

Photo of Mr David Jamieson Mr David Jamieson Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Transport

I understand that the Crown does not own any railways.

Question put and agreed to.

Clause 69 ordered to stand part of the Bill.