Clause 74 - Extent

Railways and Transport Safety Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 11:15 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)

We referred earlier to a tramway in Scotland. It is right and proper to recognise that Scotland has no trams at the moment, but it may well in future. Equally, we want to allow for the possibility of the return of trolley buses. As we said in respect of clause 72, we urge the Government to table appropriate definitions before the Bill leaves this place.

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

May I say a few words about this brief clause? It establishes the current territorial extent of this part of the Bill. It applies to Great Britain, but tramways—even though they do not yet exist in Scotland—are excluded as a devolved matter. If a tramway were to come into operation in Scotland, it would be for the Scottish Parliament to determine appropriate arrangements for its policing. The British Transport police currently operate throughout England, Scotland and Wales, but not in Northern Ireland. The clause does not change that.

Question put and agreed to.

Clause 74 ordered to stand part of the Bill.