Clause 79 - Penalty

Railways and Transport Safety Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 5:00 pm 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)

It would be helpful, for the purposes of clarification, if the Minister would say how the clause relates to the existing law and to similar offences that have been committed on the railways or

on the roads or if it is purely consequential on the Marchioness disaster.

Photo of John Spellar John Spellar Minister of State (Department for Transport)

I assure the hon. Lady that the penalties are the same as those applicable to offences by mariners under sections 58 and 117 of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995.

Photo of John Randall John Randall Opposition Whip (Commons)

Those found guilty of road traffic offences may be disqualified or have their licences endorsed. Is there provision for revoking or marking the certificate of a professional pilot if he commits such an offence?

Photo of John Spellar John Spellar Minister of State (Department for Transport)

First, there would be disciplinary matters with their employer, and there could be questions about their professional status.

Question put and agreed to.

Clause 79 ordered to stand part of the Bill.

[Mr. Khalid Mahmood in the Chair]