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Transport: Co-operatives

Transport written question – answered on 9th February 2011.

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Photo of Gavin Shuker Gavin Shuker Labour, Luton South

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the potential barriers to entry for co-operatives within the (a) rail, ( b) bus and (c) ports industry; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Norman Baker Norman Baker The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport

holding answer 7 January 2011

The Department for Transport is in the early stages of developing a framework for assessing applications for employee co-operatives. Applications to form employee co-operatives will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Officials across the Department are working closely with the Cabinet Office, which is developing central guidance for Departments in this area.

No formal assessment of barriers to entry for co-operatives within the (a) rail, (b) bus and (c) ports industry has been made, though we recognise that many of the undertakings in the transport sector are private companies, and in such cases public sector co-operatives might not be relevant.

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