Clause 97 - Crown application

Railways and Transport Safety Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 10:15 am on 6th March 2003.

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

Photo of Anne McIntosh Anne McIntosh Shadow Minister (Transport)

I seek a simple clarification: will there be no exclusions? I understand that the explanatory notes tell us that clauses 97 and 98 together apply the offences created to police and Customs personnel, but not to personnel operating on military aircraft. The offences under clause 97 would apply to civilian contractors employed by the Ministry of Defence. Can the Minister confirm that the Queen's flight, in which the Government have an interest because the Prime Minister uses it on Government business, will be included—particularly with regard to clause 89?

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

Clause 97 extends the prescribed alcohol limits to aviation functions carried out on or in connection with aircraft owned or in the service of the Crown. The exception concerns activities carried out on military aircraft by a person who is subject to service law. That exception is specifically addressed in clause 98. The Queen's flight would be covered.

Question put and agreed to.

Clause 97 ordered to stand part of the Bill.