New clause 20 - Railway security services

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

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The following shall be inserted after section 121 of the Railways Act 1993 (c.43) (security: inspection)—

''121A Railway security services: approved providers

(1) In this section ''railway security service'' means a process or activity carried out for the purpose of—

(a) complying with a requirement of an instruction under section 119, or

(b) facilitating a person's compliance with a requirement of an instruction under section 119.

(2) Regulations may provide for the Secretary of State to maintain a list of persons who are approved by him for the provision of a particular railway security service.

(3) The regulations may—

(a) prohibit the provision of a railway security service by a person who is not listed in respect of that service;

(b) prohibit the use or engagement for the provision of a railway security service of a person who is not listed in respect of that service;

(c) create a criminal offence;

(d) make provision about application for inclusion in the list (including provision about fees);

(e) make provision about the duration and renewal of entries on the list (including provision about fees);

(f) make provision about training or qualifications which persons who apply to be listed or who are listed are required to undergo or possess;

(g) make provision about removal from the list which shall include provision for appeal;

(h) make provision about the inspection of activities carried out by listed persons;

(i) confer functions on the Secretary of State or on a specified person;

(j) confer jurisdiction on a court.

(4) Regulations under subsection (3)(c)—

(a) may not provide for a penalty on summary conviction greater than a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum,

(b) may not provide for a penalty of imprisonment on conviction on indictment greater than imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years (whether or not accompanied by a fine), and

(c) may create a criminal offence of purporting, with intent to deceive, to do something as a listed person or of doing something, with intent to deceive, which purports to be done by a listed person.

(5) An instruction under section 119 may—

(a) include a requirement to use a listed person for the provision of a railway security service;

(b) provide for all or part of the instruction not to apply or to apply with modified effect where a listed person provides a railway security service.

(6) Regulations under this section—

(a) may make different provision for different cases,

(b) may include incidental, supplemental or transitional provision,

(c) shall be made by the Secretary of State by statutory instrument,

(d) shall not be made unless the Secretary of State has consulted organisations appearing to him to represent persons affected by the regulations, and

(e) shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of resolution of either House of Parliament.'' '.—[Mr. Spellar.]

Brought up, read the First and Second time, and added to the Bill.